Cardinals tennis team looking forward to challenges
August 25, 2006 —
The fall semester brings a fresh start for the SVSU women's tennis team looking to rebound from a tough 2005 season.
Coach Mike Major says the team is working hard in preparation for the challenges a tough conference will bring.
"We run one of the most intense programs in the area," Major says. "We're basically here from the sunrise in the east, until it sets at night."
This year's team is a young one, with lone returning senior Maggie Dodson captaining the squad.
Last season, Dodson was 14-7 overall and tied for second on the team in wins.
When asked about her goals and expectations for the team, Dodson says they are to play hard, win, and have fun. Dodson also says the team just wants to be competitive.
Being competitive may be a tough task, as the GLIAC appears to be a strong conference once again. According to Major, last year's conference champion Northwood is fielding another strong squad.
"They've lost one of their top players," Major says, "but I think they return one who's even better."
Major says Ferris State and cross-state rival Grand Valley State are fielding strong squads as well this season.
"The GLIAC is really tough," Dodson says. "I just see (Grand Valley) as another team I have to play really hard and beat."
Dodson believes the balance in the conference will provide a challenge for the young Cardinals team. When asked who she sees as the toughest opponent the team will face this season, Dodson replies, "Everybody."