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SMC Tennis: Belles open MIAA schedule Saturday

Nathaniel Lee | Friday, March 27, 2009

Saint Mary’s opens its MIAA conference schedule Saturday against Alma at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility in East Lansing Michigan.

The Belles (4-5) are looking to rebound after a tough defeat to No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan.

“We were a bit disappointed in a few of our preseason results,” Belles coach Dale Campbell said. “However, I think it’s a good thing, because we have high expectations and we did perform against tough nationally ranked teams.”

The Belles have been paced at singles by sophomore Jillian Hurley, who holds a 4-5 record at first singles, junior Camille Gebert’s 6-3 record at second singles, and sophomore Jessica Kosinski’s 4-5 performance at third singles. At first doubles, Hurley and Gebert have a 4-5 record.

“We are really looking forward to playing in the conference,” Campbell said. “We are expecting to match up against Alma well. We beat them last year, but they have improved between seasons.”

Campbell said the Belles are looking to make a splash in the tough conference, and expose the young squad members to a high level of play.

The match against the Scots (5-5) will begin Saturday at 1:00 p.m.