SMC vs. Alma

Belles Open MIAA Schedule with Win

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's tennis team opened up their 2010 conference schedule with an 8-1 victory over visiting Alma on Saturday.

Jillian Hurley and Mary Therese Lee got things going for the Belles as the duo won their ninth consecutive doubles match at #2 doubles with an 8-5 decision over their Alma counterparts.  Jessica Kosinski and Cara Rectanus quickly followed up Hurley and Lee with an 8-3 win at #3 doubles.  Camille Gebert and Franca Peluso made it a clean sweep of the doubles with an 8-5 win at #1 doubles over the Scots.

Hurley went on to be the first singles match completed as the junior won her ninth straight match at #1 singles with a 6-3, 6-1 decision.  Kosinski clinched the win for the Belles at #3 singles with matching scores of 6-3, 6-1.  Peluso claimed a 6-0, 6-0 win at #4 singles just minutes later to give Saint Mary's their sixth decision of match.  

Gebert followed up her doubles partner with a 6-1, 6-2 win at #2 doubles for her 19th consecutive win over an MIAA singles opponent in both regular season and conference tournament play.  Lee had a battle at #5 singles as she battled back from a 6-4 loss in the opening set to win the second set 6-4 and the tie-breaker 10-7 for the Belles' eighth victory in the match.

The Belles (7-3, 1-0 MIAA) will take to the road this week and travel to in-state MIAA foe Trine on Tuesday, March 30 for a 4:00 p.m. match against the Thunder.

 Singles competition
1. Jillian Hurley (SMC) def. Amy Baranowski (ALMA) 6-3, 6-1
2. Camille Gebert (SMC) def. Abby McCue (ALMA) 6-1, 6-2
3. Jessica Kosinski (SMC) def. Jen Meloche (ALMA) 6-3, 6-1
4. Franca Peluso (SMC) def. Margaret Curtiss (ALMA) 6-0, 6-0
5. Mary Therese Lee (SMC) def. Katie Meloche (ALMA) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
6. Lauren Stevenson (ALMA) def. Kate Grabarek (SMC) 6-2, 6-4

 Doubles competition
1. Camille Gebert/Franca Peluso (SMC) def. Amy Baranowski/Abby McCue (ALMA) 8-5
2. Jillian Hurley/Mary Therese Lee (SMC) def. Jen Meloche/Margaret Curtiss (ALMA) 8-5
3. Jessica Kosinski/Cara Rectanus (SMC) def. Kelsey Erwin/Lauren Stevenson (ALMA) 8-3

Match Notes:
Alma College 5-5, 0-2 MIAA
Saint Mary's College 7-3, 1-0 MIAA