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SMC Tennis: Team takes on Trine in conference match

Kate Grabarek | Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Belles will look to carry momentum from an impressive 8-1 win over Alma on Saturday into its match today with MIAA foe Trine.

The Belles (5-5, 1-0) are back to .500 for the first time since returning from their spring break trip in Florida when they were 4-4.

“I feel like we are doing well so far,” Belles head coach Dale Campbell said. “We are at 5-5, with three of those losses coming to nationally ranked teams. We are trying to improve on a daily basis.”

One of the highlights for the Belles against Alma (5-6, 0-1) on Saturday was the play of sophomore Jessica Kosinski.

“Kosinski had a great come back on Saturday,” Campbell said. “She was able to battle back and show her tenacity in the match.”

After dropping her opening set, Kosinski was able to rally in the second set and pull out a close one by the score of 7-5 pushing the match to a third set tiebreaker.

Kosinski was able to earn the victory by a score of 13-11 in the tiebreaker.

After securing two of the three doubles matches, the other Belle players were able to earn victories.

Sophomore Jillian Hurley defeated senior Laura McKendry at No. 1 singles by a score of 6-2, 6-2.

Junior Camille Gebert and sophomores Franca Peluso and Laura Arnold all were able to earn victories in their first sets by a score of 7-5, and finished off their opponents for three more wins.

The Belles are looking to continue their success in the MIAA they enjoyed last season.

“We are hoping to do well in the conference,” Campbell said. “We want to be in the running for the conference title at the end of the season.”

Campbell also noted that the team is working on being more aggressive in their doubles play and get off to quicker starts in their matches in order to gain an early advantage.

The Belles finished fifth in the conference last season with Gebert earning all-conference first team honors and Hurley earning second team honors.

Saint Mary’s was able to defeat Trine (0-4) last season by a score of 8-1, dropping only one set in singles and only one match in doubles to earn the victory.

The Belles will look to continue their success today with first serve set for 4 p.m.