SMC vs. John Carroll

Belles Down Blue Streaks for First Win of Season

MEDINA, Ohio - Saint Mary's handed John Carroll an 8-1 defeat as the Belles tennis team earned their first win of the 2011 season on Sunday.

Margaret Boden and Mary Therese Lee got the Belles started with an 8-2 win at #2 doubles. Kate Grabarek and Jessica Kosinski followed suit as they battled to a 9-7 victory at three doubles to give Saint Mary's a 2-1 edge going into singles play.

Saint Mary's then swept all six singles matches on their way to the 8-1 win. Kate Grabarek dropped just two games in a 6-0, 6-2 win at #4 singles. Jillian Hurley and Mary Therese Lee both won 6-3, 6-1 at one and five singles, respectively. Mary Catherine Faller took a 6-4, 6-1 decision at #3 singles.

Jessica Kosinski and Kathleen Klauer were able to hold the decisive edge in their singles matches. Kosinski came back from a 6-3 first set deficit to win her second set 6-4 before taking the tie breaker 10-7 at #2 singles. Klauer, meanwhile, earned a 7-6, 7-5 win at six singles.

The Belles (1-2) will return to action when they host Saint Mary's University (Minnesota) on Monday, March 7 at Notre Dame's Eck Tennis Pavilion at 6:00 p.m.

Saint Mary's College 8, John Carroll 1
 Singles competition
1. Jillian Hurley (SMC) def. Maria Ciccolini (JCU-W) 6-3, 6-1
2. Jessica Kosinski (SMC) def. Cassie Simmerlink (JCU-W) 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
3. Mary Catherine Faller (SMC) def. Ashley Bauer (JCU-W) 6-4, 6-1
4. Kate Grabarek (SMC) def. Athena Pappis (JCU-W) 6-0, 6-2
5. Mary Therese Lee (SMC) def. Emily Gorndt (JCU-W) 6-3, 6-1
6. Kathleen Klauer (SMC) def. Deanna Bouchahine (JCU-W) 7-6, 7-5

 Doubles competition
1. Maria Ciccolini/Cassie Simmerlink (JCU-W) def. Mary Catherine Faller/Jillian Hurley (SMC) 8-5
2. Margaret Boden/Mary Therese Lee (SMC) def. Ashley Bauer/Emily Gorndt (JCU-W) 8-2
3. Kate Grabarek/Jessica Kosinski (SMC) def. Athena Pappis/Deanna Bouchahine (JCU-W) 9-7