SMC vs. Kalamazoo

Belles Stung by Hornets

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Saint Mary's tennis team suffered an 8-1 setback from the hands of regionally-ranked MIAA foe Kalamazoo on Tuesday evening.

The loss puts Saint Mary's into a tie with Kalamazoo for third place in the league heading into this weekend's MIAA Tournament. Calvin could also finish the season with a 5-3 mark in conference play if they win their regular season finale later this week. Based on MIAA tie-breaker guidelines, Kalamazoo will have the #3 seed in the tournament, Saint Mary's will be seeded #4, and Calvin will be seeded #5 if they win their final match of the regular season.

Earning the lone win for the Belles was Franca Peluso. The senior earned a 7-5, 6-3 victory in the #4 singles slot on the evening. She and classmate Mary Therese Lee were narrowly edged out in their #3 doubles match by an 8-6 margin. Lee and Jillian Hurley had the closest singles matches for the Belles other than Peluso's win as Lee fell 6-3, 6-4 and Hurley dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision.

The Belles (12-7, 5-3 MIAA) will begin MIAA Tournament play at Kalamazoo on Friday at 9:00 a.m.

#19 Kalamazoo College 8, Saint Mary's College 1

 Singles competition
1. Kelsey Hassevoort (KZO-W) def. Jillian Hurley (SMC) 6-4, 6-3
2. Kari Larson (KZO-W) def. Jessica Kosinski (SMC) 6-1, 6-3
3. Kelsey Moran (KZO-W) def. MaryCatherine Faller (SMC) 6-1, 6-2
4. Franca Peluso (SMC) def. Kate Farwell (KZO-W) 7-5, 6-3
5. Jenna Riehl (KZO-W) def. Kate Grabarek (SMC) 6-1, 6-4
6. Paula Silverman (KZO-W) def. Mary Therese Lee (SMC) 6-3, 6-4

 Doubles competition
1. Kari Larson/Kelsey Moran (KZO-W) def. Jillian Hurley/Margaret Boden (SMC) 8-3
2. Kate Farwell/Kelsey Hassevoort (KZO-W) def. MaryCatherine Faller/Jessica Kosinski (SMC) 8-4
3. Paula Silverman/Jenna Riehl (KZO-W) def. Mary Therese Lee/Franca Peluso (SMC) 8-6

Match Notes:
Saint Mary's College 12-7, 5-3 MIAA
Kalamazoo College 8-11, 5-3 MIAA; Regional ranking #19