Season Outlook

2014 Tennis Outlook

The Belles tennis team had a successful fall season and aims to translate that into an even stronger spring season when they return to action in March. Under the direction of sixth-year head coach Dale Campbell, the team has their sights on the program’s ninth consecutive 10+ win season and a berth in the top-four only MIAA Tournament in May.

Lone senior Mary Catherine Faller ’14 looks to cap off an already solid career. A two-time All-MIAA First Team selection, she has amassed more than 60 wins in both doubles and singles play over the past three seasons.

Complementing Faller in the lineup is a group of juniors who have all contributed to the Belles’ success over the past two seasons. Kayle Sexton ’15, Shannon Elliott ’15, Jackie Kjolhede ’15, and Audrey Kiefer ’15 have combined to win nearly 70 singles matches and almost 60 doubles matches in their first two seasons. Each of those four juniors has contributed to at least ten combined singles and doubles wins in each of her two years on the team. Also returning to the lineup this year is sophomore Margaret Faller ’16, who won eight singles matches and nine doubles contests last spring.

This fall, several newcomers made an immediate impact on the Belles tennis program. Most notably from the fall season, Andrea Fetters ’16 won the C Flight Championship after going 4-0 in her bracket at the MIAA Flighted Tournament in September. Combined with upperclass talent, the Belles look to finish in the top four in the conference and battle for the conference’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in May.

The team starts their spring season at Notre Dame’s Eck Tennis Pavilion against regionally-ranked Ohio Northern on February 14. After a match at Aquinas the following weekend, the Belles will travel to the Orlando, Florida area for their annual spring break competitions. The team opens conference play on March 23 at Olivet.