Tennis Season Recap
Strong production by a veteran group of players helped lead the Saint Mary’s tennis team to their ninth consecutive season with at least ten victories as well as a berth in the top-four MIAA Tournament.
After kicking off the season in the fall with a 6-3 win at home against St. Francis, the Belles had a solid showing at the MIAA Flighted Tournament in September. Andrea Fetters went 4-0 in the C Singles Flight and later paired up with fellow newcomer Sam Setterblad to win their way through the back draw bracket in the B Doubles Flight. In their final match in the back draw bracket, Fetters and Setterblad faced off against teammates Jackie Kjolhede and Kaity Venters as the Belles combined to win seven doubles matches and eight singles matches in the two-day flighted tournament.
In their first match of the spring portion of their season, the Belles had a pair of tough competitions against regionally-ranked Ohio Northern and NAIA member Aquinas. Saint Mary’s bounced back a month later on their annual spring break trip to Florida by winning three of their four matches. That momentum translated into a pair of MIAA wins against Olivet and Trine to open the season to give the Belles a 6-3 mark through their first nine matches.
With two conference matches remaining and the Belles needing to pick up a win against Calvin to secure a spot in the MIAA Tournament, the team delivered with a 6-3 victory over the Knights to clinch a tournament berth while also giving the Belles their tenth win of the season. The Belles got off to a solid start with Shannon Elliott and Audrey Kiefer winning at two doubles and Margaret Faller and Andrea Fetters taking the decision at three doubles. Saint Mary's claimed the three, four, five, and six singles with wins by Jackie Kjolhede, Shannon Elliott, Andrea Fetters, and Audrey Kiefer.
Elliott and Kiefer increased their singles wins numbers from a season ago while Kjolhede and Fetters all made big contributions in singles play. Elliott had a career-best 12 singles wins this season, and Kiefer added a career-high 13 singles wins this year. The pair teamed up to win 10 doubles matches for the Belles. Kjolhede continued her trend of consistency with 10 singles wins during her junior season. Margaret Faller, meanwhile, had a hand in 10 doubles wins during her sophomore season.
Fetters led all Belles with 18 singles wins and helped pick up 14 doubles wins in her first season at Saint Mary’s. Kiefer and Fetters each posted a 7-1 record in singles matches against MIAA opponents while Elliott was 6-2 against conference competition in singles play.
Kayle Sexton earned nine singles wins and helped contribute to eight doubles wins at the two singles and one doubles flights during her junior campaign. Mary Catherine Faller, meanwhile, concluded a successful career with the Belles with 13 total wins in her final year. Faller was also selected as a Second Team All-MIAA honoree and was voted by her conference peers as the 2014 recipient of the MIAA Sue Little Sportsmanship Award.