SMC vs. Wesleyan, Wartburg

Belles Fall Short Against Wesleyan, Route Wartburg

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Saint Mary's tennis team fell by a narrow 5-4 margin to undefeated Wesleyan, but responded with an 8-1 win over Wartburg on Tuesday on their Spring Break trip.

Jillian Hurley and Mary Therese Lee continued a strong start to their spring at #2 doubles as they battled for an 8-6 win.

Hurley had a hard-fought win at #1 singles for the Belles.  She jumped out to a lead with a 6-4 win in her first set.  After falling in a tie-breaker in the second set, she stormed through the third and decisive set with a 6-1 victory.  Camille Gebert had a similar outcome at #2 singles by winning the first and third sets of her match.  Franca Peluso, meanwhile, took a commanding win at #4 singles with a 6-3, 6-1 decision.

Against Wartburg, the Belles rolled to an 8-1 victory.  Leading the way were Jillian Hurley, Camille Gebert, and Jessica Kosinski, who each surrendered only four games in their #1, #2, and #3 singles matches.  Hurley won 6-4, 6-0 while Gebert and Kosinski took 6-2, 6-2 victories.

The Belles (5-2) will take on St. Francis (Ill.) tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.

Wesleyan University 5, Saint Mary's College 4
 Singles competition

1. Jillian Hurley (SMC) def. Anika Fischer (WESLEYAN) 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-1
2. Camille Gebert (SMC) def. Sarah Miller (WESLEYAN) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
3. Genevieve Aniello (WESLEYAN) def. Jessica Kosinski (SMC) 6-4, 7-5
4. Franca Peluso (SMC) def. Meredith Holmes (WESLEYAN) 6-3, 6-1
5. Linda McDougal (WESLEYAN) def. Mary Therese Lee (SMC) 6-3, 6-3
6. Casey Simchik (WESLEYAN) def. Kate Grabarek (SMC) 6-3, 6-1

 Doubles competition
1. Anika Fischer/Sarah Miller (WESLEYAN) def. Camille Gebert/Franca Peluso (SMC) 8-6
2. Jillian Hurley/Mary Therese Lee (SMC) def. Meredith Holmes/Linda McDougal (WESLEYAN) 8-6
3. Genevieve Aniello/Casey Simchik (WESLEYAN) def. Jessica Kosinski/Cara Rectanus (SMC) 8-3

Saint Mary's College 8, Wartburg College 1
 Singles competition

1. Jillian Hurley (SMC) def. Molly Eslick (WARTBURG) 6-4, 6-0
2. Camille Gebert (SMC) def. Leanna Nelson (WARTBURG) 6-2, 6-2
3. Jessica Kosinski (SMC) def. Emily Heying (WARTBURG) 6-2, 6-2
4. Franca Peluso (SMC) def. Jenny Dallenbach (WARTBURG) 7-6 (7-2), 6-1
5. Mary Therese Lee (SMC) def. Lindsay Greiner (WARTBURG) 6-4, 6-3
6. Monica Way (SMC) def. Leanna Jenkins (WARTBURG) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1

 Doubles competition
1. Molly Eslick/Leanna Nelson (WARTBURG) def. Camille Gebert/Franca Peluso (SMC) 8-3
2. Mary Therese Lee/Jillian Hurley (SMC) def. Emily Heying/Lindsay Greiner (WARTBURG) 8-3
3. Jessica Kosinski/Cara Rectanus (SMC) def. Jenny Dallenbach/Leanna Jenkins (WARTBURG) 8-2