2013 Season Recap
The Saint Mary’s tennis team boasted yet another 10+ win season and was on the verge of a berth in the top-four only MIAA Tournament during a successful 2013 campaign. A season after finishing sixth in the conference, the Belles tied for fourth in the MIAA with almost the same team returning from 2012.
After returning from their spring break trip in Florida, the Belles went on a tear by winning eight of their next ten dual matches. That stretch included a four-match winning streak as well as three wins in-a-row to lift the team to their eighth consecutive season with at least 10 dual match wins.
During that month-span from March 22 to April 22, the Belles earned conference wins over Trine, Olivet, Alma, and Adrian to post a 4-1 conference record through their first five MIAA matches of the season.
In what was a big 5-4 win over Alma, the Belles won four of six singles flights after trailing 2-1 at the conclusion of doubles play. Mary Catherine Faller and Kayle Sexton edged their way to an 8-6 win at number one doubles. Audrey Kiefer and Jackie Kjolhede were just short on their effort to give the Belles the lead going into singles after falling in a tiebreaker at number two doubles.
Jackie Kjolhede and Kayle Sexton set the tone for the Belles in singles play against Alma. Kjolhede did not drop a game on her way to a 6-0, 6-0 win at number five singles. Sexton was took a 6-1, 6-1 victory at number two singles to get the Belles right back into the match. Mary Catherine Faller and Shannon Elliott prevailed in their matches to give Saint Mary's the conference victory. Faller was a 7-5, 6-4 winner at number one singles. Elliott had a come-from-behind decision at number three singles with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 win.
Over the 18-match season, the team was never more than two matches below a .500 winning percentage. After their three consecutive wins against Saint Francis, Trine, and Olivet, the Belles did not fall below a .500 winning percentage for the remainder of the year.
The Belles ended the season in a tie for fourth place, but missed the MIAA Tournament because of a tiebreaker that gave Calvin the edge over Saint Mary’s for the final spot in the top-four only tournament.
Sophomore Jackie Kjolhede led the singles efforts for the Belles in 2013 with an impressive 13-3 mark overall and a 7-1 record in MIAA play. Classmate Kayle Sexton had a strong year at number two singles with nine overall wins and a 5-3 conference record for the Belles. Sexton also helped account for 11 doubles wins in the number one doubles flight with Mary Catherine Faller.
Freshman Margaret Faller and her sister, junior Mary Catherine Faller, both tallied eight singles wins on the year.
At the conclusion of the season, Mary Catherine Faller was named to the All-MIAA First Team as selected by league coaches. She was 5-3 in conference matches in doubles play on the year while posting a 3-5 singles record at the top flight. With her All-MIAA First Team honor last spring, she becomes the sixth player in program history to earn multiple first-team conference honors.