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SMC Tennis: Senior Gerbert leads Belles to first road win

Kevin Baldwin | Monday, March 1, 2010

The Belles’ season is off to a promising start as they took home their first road win Sunday over North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

Saint Mary’s (2-1) ended up dominating the singles competitions after initially falling behind by a score of 1-2. Senior Camille Gerbert got the rally started by winning 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 2 singles spot. Juniors Franca Peluso, Jessica Kosinski and Jillian Hurley followed suit winning their matches to bring the overall score to 4-2.

Hurley returned with junior Mary Therese Lee to secure the team victory with a decisive 8-4 win in the doubles, the team’s only win in that competition.

“Our coach is telling us that we were dead even on paper, we had to get at least one win out of the three,” Lee said. “[Hurley] hit a lot of good balls and was a very consistent, really good player, it was a really good match.”

The Belles next head to Orlando for a week-long tournament over spring break. They will face some of the toughest competition of the season in Wesleyan and Wheaton.

“We are really proud that we came back, this was a really good match for us to win,” Belles coach Dale Campbell said. “It’s good to have a little more experience going into the spring trip. We will definitely have some good opponents.”

The veteran Belles squad will have the rest of the week to rest and fine-tune their skills before they take on Ursinus in their first game of the Orlando tournament.