SMC vs. North Central

Belles Edge Cardinals for Second Straight 5-4 Win

NAPERVILLE, Ill. - After falling behind early, the Saint Mary's tennis team won four of the six singles competitions on their way to a 5-4 win over North Central on Sunday afternoon.

Jillian Hurley and Mary Therese Lee remained strong at the #2 doubles slot as they picked up an 8-4 victory to get the Belles going on Sunday.  

Jessica Kosinski took a commanding 6-2, 6-2 win at #3 singles and Camille Gebert picked up a 6-3, 6-1 decision at #2 singles to get some momentum on the Belles' side.  Franca Peluso battled for a 7-5 first set win at #4 singles and went on to take her match with a 6-0 win in the second set to move to 3-0 on the season.  The Belles were able to clinch the win with a hard-fought win at #1 singles by Jillian Hurley.  Hurley fought off her counterpart by a pair of 7-5, 7-5 victories.

Kate Grabarek narrowly missed out on her first singles win of the season as she went to tiebreakers in the two sets she played but came up just short.

The Belles (2-1) will have a week away from competition and will play in Orlando, Florida, next Sunday on the first day of their spring break trip.


Saint Mary's College 5, North Central College 4
 Singles competition

1. Jillian Hurley (SMC) def. Schillerstrom, Cory (NCC) 7-5, 7-5
2. Camille Gebert (SMC) def. DeGrado, Alicia (NCC) 6-3, 6-1
3. Jessica Kosinski (SMC) def. Micheletti,Elizabeth (NCC) 6-2, 6-2
4. Franca Peluso (SMC) def. Paschold, Allison (NCC) 7-5, 6-0
5. Conover, Abigail (NCC) def. Mary Therese Lee (SMC) 6-1, 6-0
6. Ignarski, Jessica (NCC) def. Kate Grabarek (SMC) 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-1)

 Doubles competition
1. Schillerstrom, Cory/DeGrado, Alicia (NCC) def. Camille Gebert/Franca Peluso (SMC) 8-4
2. Jillian Hurley/Mary Therese Lee (SMC) def. Micheletti,Elizabeth/Paschold, Allison (NCC) 8-4
3. Conover, Abigail/Ignarski, Jessica (NCC) def. Jessica Kosinski/Cara Rectanus (SMC) 8-3

Match Notes:
Saint Mary's College 2-1
North Central College 11-5 (0-2 spring)