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SMC Tennis: Belles build momentum for matches

Andrew Owens | Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Following a victory over Alma this past weekend, the Belles look to continue their success today when they play Trine.

The win gave the Belles a 7-3 record on the season and a victory in their first conference game.

“It was definitely a big confidence boost for the team in general,” said junior Kate Grabarek, an Observer Sports writer. “We needed that coming off of a tough loss to Indiana Wesleyan the week before. It was a great kickoff to the conference season as Alma recently lost a close match to Albion. However, I think we sent a strong message to the rest of the conference that we’re playing better.”

The Belles expect their success to carry over to tomorrow’s match.

“It was a huge confidence boost to win all three doubles matches and get off to such a strong start on Saturday,” Grabarek said. “That will continue to be key for the team the rest of the way during the season. We are continuing to work together to improve the team overall. We are definitely bonding well together and are looking forward to continuing our success that we have had so far.”

Calvin will be just the second conference match of the season for Belles and continues a stretch of difficult opponents leading up to next month’s MIAA Tournament.

Following Tuesday’s match, the Belles will not play until the following Wednesday against Calvin College. The layoff during Easter Break will allow the Belles to rest and heal the minor injuries they have.

“We are encouraged to hit and or workout as much as possible over break. It will be a good opportunity to rest some of our small nagging injuries that our recurring before heading into the home stretch of our conference season,” Grabarek said.

Matches will begin at 4 p.m. today.