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Belles squash Hope in final tourney, win MIAA

Joe Hettler | Monday, October 13, 2003

They did it again.

A year after capturing the MIAA conference championship, the Belles successfully defended their crown by beating Albion in the final MIAA tournament, 279-285.

The win gave the Belles a huge edge in the final standings over rival Hope. The Flying Dutch struggled to third at the season’s final tournament, shooting a 729 – 50 strokes off Saint Mary’s pace.

Stefanie Simmerman, the defending Division III national champion, tied for co-medalist with an 82.8 average per round. She tied Alma’s Courtney Rheinhardt for the best season average.

Adams finished the fall with a 83.0 stroke average, while Mattia was behind her teammate with an 87.0 average.

The Belles got off to a great start with a first day score of 342, seven strokes ahead of Albion. Hope fired a 363, which all but eliminated the Flying Dutch from winning the overall conference crown.

On the second day, the Belles fired a 337 to clinch the title. Simmerman and Adams both shot 165, good enough to tie for fifth place.

The final standings for the MIAA season had Saint Mary’s with a dominating lead over Hope. The Belles had a combined 1,108 shots in five tournaments, while the Flying Dutch had 1,767. Hope did beat Saint Mary’s twice this season, but the Belles won two weeks ago at Adrian and then again this weekend.