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SMC Tennis: Belles defeat Adrian 7-2

Katelyn Grabarek | Monday, April 27, 2009

The Belles picked up a 7-2 victory over MIAA foe Adrian Saturday and will wrap up their regular season today when they host Olivet.

Saint Mary’s (8-9, 3-4 MIAA) got off to a slow start against the host Bulldogs Saturday, losing two out of three doubles matches before heading into singles.

“It went really well,” Belles coach Dale Campbell said. “We had a slow start in doubles but came back strong in singles for the 7-2 victory.”

Sophomore Jillian Hurley and junior Camille Gebert fell at No. 1 doubles to Adrian sophomore Robyn Denney and freshman Sarah Brooks.

Sophomores Jessica Kosinski and Mary Therese Lee were not able to pull out their doubles match either, falling 8-6 to freshmen Adrienne Haase and Shannon Woods.

The Belles earned their only doubles victory from sophomores Franca Peluso and Betsy Reed at No. 2 doubles when they beat freshmen Shelby Kruszewski and Sarah Kean by a score of 8-3.

“Any win is going to help,” Campbell said. “We weren’t down, but a victory is nice especially heading into conference next weekend.”

Hurley took down Denney at No. 1 singles by a score of 6-1, 6-0, while Gebert maintained her undefeated streak in the conference winning by 6-0, 6-1.

Kosinski was able to maintain her dominance this season at No. 3 singles, beating sophomore Katelyn Siminca by a score of 6-1, 6-1.

Reed was able to pull out a tough match at No. 4 singles, winning 6-4, 6-0.

“[Reed[ was down in her first set and was able to battle back and pull it out,” Campbell said.

Peluso had another tight match against Kean, winning 7-5, 7-6 (3) at No. 5 singles.

“Singles is our strength so we are working on being more aggressive and attacking,” Campbell said.

Sophomore Jessica Camp defeated Woods at No. 6 singles, dropping only four games.

The Belles will wrap up their regular season schedule today when they host Olivet (9-7, 2-5).

“They are similar to Adrian,” Campbell said. “They had a close match with Adrian. We are expecting the same types of themes from what we saw against Adrian.”

Olivet is currently behind the Belles in the conference standings with only two wins in the conference to the Belles’ three.

Saint Mary’s was able to defeat Olivet easily last year without dropping a match.

The Belles have maintained their lineup changes that Campbell experimented with against Trine last week.

“It has definitely changed the style of play,” Cambell said. “We are still trying to be more aggressive. Also with the changes in doubles teams you have to build chemistry with the new partners.”

The Belles will face off against Olivet at 4 p.m. today.