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Belles hope to prolong winning streak

Justin Stetz | Friday, October 1, 2004

This Saturday the Belles will put their two-game winning streak on the line against Albion. In their first meeting, the Belles battled the Britons to a fourth game, only to lose the match. Albion comes to Saint Mary’s with a 4-4 record in the MIAA and 7-9 overall. Meanwhile, the Belles are currently 3-5 in the conference and tied with Hope College for the sixth spot. There is plenty on the line for the Belles in this match Not only will they be seeking revenge against Albion after dropping the first match, but they will also look to move farther up in the standings. As long as they can keep on winning, they still have a good shot in a league where a number of teams are within one or two games of each other. In the first Albion match, Michelle Turley played exceptionally well on offense, collecting 17 total kills. Elise Rupright wasn’t far behind as she finished with nine of her own that day. Suffering an ankle injury during the University of Chicago match, captain Elise Rupright was absent for the Hope Triangular last Saturday. However, she plans on being back for this weekend’s contest. “Our mindset has not changed after the victories on Saturday,” Rupright said. During their last match, Saint Mary’s defense finally played as a unit and held their opponents in check. This was especially obvious in the second match as Olivet College scored just 34 points in the final two games. “Both defense and offense contributed to the team’s success, but defense is what won the game,” Rupright said.  The Belles will need to play on a four cylinders if they plan on stealing one from the Britons.Saturday’s game begins at 11 a.m. at Saint Mary’s.