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Weekend tourney starts season

Justin Schuver | Friday, August 29, 2003

After a disappointing 2002-03 season, the Belles are anxious to get back on the court.

Saint Mary’s begins its season at home Saturday by hosting the SMC Triangular, a round-robin tournament between Saint Mary’s, the University of Chicago and Goshen College.

Saint Mary’s is scheduled to open the event with a scrimmage against the University of Chicago at 11 a.m. and will then face Goshen in the first official game of the season at 3 p.m.

“I’m very anxious to see this team in an actual game-like situation,” coach Julie Schroeder-Biek said of her team’s scrimmage against the University of Chicago. She said she is anxious to see her team play Goshen.

“They should be a good challenge for us,” Schroeder-Biek said. “This is a good opening for us, to see what we have and where we need to go.”

The Belles went 7-21 last year, with a 1-13 record in MIAA play, but Schroeder-Biek is excited about the new additions. Sophomore Michelle Turley transferred from Division-I Marist College, and along with a group of talented freshmen and veterans, provides a pool of talent that should pay instant dividends.

“I’ve just seen great things out of these players,” Schroeder-Biek said. “They’re all talented, experienced players. I could put one player in for another and I don’t think you could notice a difference [in our skill level].”