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SMC Tennis: Belles welcome Kalamazoo

Andrew Owens | Friday, April 16, 2010

The Belles enter their third match of the week looking to halt a three-match losing streak when they face off at Kalamazoo College Saturday.

Saint Mary’s faces Kalamazoo annually, but this year’s edition has some added importance with the MIAA championships only two weeks away.

The week started with a 9-0 loss to No. 3 Chicago Monday. Each singles player lost in straight sets against the Maroons.

The Belles lost a hard fought 6-3 decision to Albion College Wednesday to fall to 8-6 on the season, with a 2-2 conference record.

Senior captain Camille Gebert defeated Anna Gundersen 6-4, 7-5 at No. 2 singles. No. 4 singles player Franca Peluso beat Morgan Watler in straight sets as the junior continued to produce for the Belles.

The only other Saint Mary’s victory was the doubles combination of Jillian Hurley and Mary Therese Lee. They defeated Cassie Simmelink and Sarah Towler 8-6.

After they play their third consecutive road game Saturday, the Belles will return home to host home matches next Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, when they welcome Hope, Bethel and Adrian, respectively, to campus.