SMC at MIAA Tournament

Belles Finish Season at MIAA Tournament

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Saint Mary's tennis team finished their 2011 season at the MIAA Tennis Tournament on Friday.

The Belles came into the tournament as the fifth-seeded team after all the MIAA tiebreakers were decided. In their first match of the day, Saint Mary's had somewhat of a repeat performance from a week and a half ago, as they defeated #4 seeded Calvin by a 5-4 margin. Like the first match up against the Knights, the Belles won #2 and #3 doubles while taking victories at #4, #5, and #6 singles for the decision. This time, however, the deciding match came down to Kate Grabarek.

Franca Peluso and Mary Therese Lee were 8-3 winners at #3 doubles while Jessica Kosinski and Mary Catherine Faller emerged with an 8-5 victory at #2 doubles. Peluso was then able to take a commanding 6-2, 6-0 win at #4 singles. Lee edged out a 6-4, 6-4 win at #6 singles. Grabarek was then able to secure the win in a battle at #5 singles. After dropping the first set 6-1, the senior won a tie breaker in the second set for a 7-6 (7-5) decision before taking the third set 6-2 to clinch the Belles' win.

The first-round win marks the first time since the MIAA changed its tournament format that the Belles claimed a victory in the opening round.

In the first semifinal match of the tournament, the Belles fell to regular season champion and top-seeded Albion by a 5-2 score.

Mary Therese Lee and Franca Peluso earned a decisive 8-1 victory at #3 doubles while Kate Grabarek picked up her second win of the day with a 6-3, 6-0 decision at #5 singles.

The Belles end their season with a 13-8 record, marking the fourth time in the past five seasons that the Saint Mary's tennis team has won 13 matches in a year.

Saint Mary's 5, Calvin 4
Singles competition
1. Melissa Ooosterhouse (CALVINW) def. Jillian Hurley (SMC) 6-0, 6-1
2. Kaitlin Spoelhof (CALVINW) def. Jessica Kosinski (SMC) 6-1, 6-2
3. Michelle Busscher (CALVINW) def. MaryCatherine Faller (SMC) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
4. Franca Peluso (SMC) def. Lauren Schlagenhauf (CALVINW) 6-2, 6-0
5. Kate Grabarek (SMC) def. Jordan Ipema (CALVINW) 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
6. Mary Therese Lee (SMC) def. Elise Doezema (CALVINW) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Melissa Ooosterhouse/Kaitlin Spoelhof (CALVINW) def. Jillian Hurley/Margaret Boden (SMC) 8-1
2. Jessica Kosinski/MaryCatherine Faller (SMC) def. Michelle Busscher/Elise Doezema (CALVINW) 8-5
3. Mary Therese Lee/Franca Peluso (SMC) def. Lauren Schlagenhauf/Bethany Zoerhof (CALVINW) 8-3

Albion 5, Saint Mary's 2

Singles competition
1. Shelley Zamler (ALBION) def. Jillian Hurley (SMC) 6-3, 6-1
2. Marissa Cloutier (ALBION) def. Jessica Kosinski (SMC) 6-3, 6-0
3. Katie Blumberg (ALBION) def. MaryCatherine Faller (SMC) 6-1, 6-1
4. Franca Peluso (SMC) vs. Sarah Towler (ALBION) no result
5. Kate Grabarek (SMC) def. Allie Bloodworth (ALBION) 6-3, 6-0
6. Mary Therese Lee (SMC) vs. Marissa Messenger (ALBION) no result

Doubles competition
1. Shelley Zamler/Marissa Cloutier (ALBION) def. Jillian Hurley/Margaret Boden (SMC) 8-4
2. Katie Blumberg/Sarah Towler (ALBION) def. Jessica Kosinski/MaryCatherine Faller (SMC) 8-2
3. Mary Therese Lee/Franca Peluso (SMC) def. Marissa Messenger/Leah Saurman (ALBION) 8-1