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SMC TENNIS: Conditions force Belles to postpone

Joe Meixell | Thursday, March 24, 2005

Wednesday was a chilly day for Saint Mary’s tennis.

The Belles’ match against Olivet College was cancelled due to frigid weather conditions. Coach Dee Stevenson said the match against the Comets will be rescheduled for next Thursday.

“It’s NCAA rules that if it is lower than 45 degrees, then you’re not allowed to play the match,” junior co-captain Kristen Palombo said. “That’s a general rule for our safety.”

Safety is particularly important to the Belles after finding out sophomore Grace Gordon will miss the remainder of the season. MRI results on her knee came back Wednesday showing a torn anterior cruciate ligament, Gordon said. Gordon currently had a 4-2 record playing number five singles, and, with her partner Palombo, they have a 4-2 record as number two doubles.

“We’re really going to miss her,” Palombo said.

The Belles’ next match is next Wednesday at home against the University of Chicago.