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SMC Tennis

Belles fall to Indiana Wesleyan

| Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Observer Staff Report


Saint Mary’s fell in a tough 8-1 loss to Indiana Wesleyan on Tuesday.

The Belles (6-4, 2-0 MIAA) dropped all three of their doubles matches. The unbeaten sophomore pair of Margaret Faller and Andrea Fetters succumbed to their first loss in a close match that ended in a 8-6 decision.

Senior Mary Catherine Faller and junior Kayle Sexton also lost 8-2 at No. 1 doubles, while the junior pairing of Audrey Kiefer and Shannon Elliot suffered an identical loss in the No. 2 slot.

The Belles faced similar challenges in singles, with Indiana Wesleyan taking five out of the six matches. It was Kiefer who remained resilient for the Belles winning 6-4, 6-4 in No. 6 singles.

Elliot also gained some late momentum in her singles match losing out in a close second set tiebreaker 7-5 after dropping the first set 6-1. However, momentum didn’t last as Fetters was defeated 7-6, 6-2 at No. 4 singles. Both Sexton and junior Jackie Kjolhede were defeated in straight sets 6-0, 6-0 at two and three singles. Faller also lost her No. 1 singles match 6-1, 6-1.

Saint Mary’s hopes to bounce back when it returns to conference competition Wednesday against Albion at 4 p. m.

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