Belles Sink Pilots

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's tennis team took a 7-2 win over cross-town rival Bethel at the Eck Tennis Pavilion on a rainy Thursday evening.

The Belles battled their way to the 2-1 advantage after doubles play had concluded. Margaret Faller and Shannon Elliott won an 8-2 match at number three doubles while Mary Catherine Faller and Kayle Sexton edged out their Pilot counterparts at number one doubles by an 8-6 score.

Margaret Faller went on to win 6-1, 6-0 at number six singles. Kayle Sexton won her opening set 6-3 and then shut out her opponent in the second set with a 6-0 win at number two singles. Audrey Kiefer and Jackie Kjolhede had matching 7-5, 6-2 wins at four and five singles, respectively. Mary Catherine Faller battled her way back to a win with a 1-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-4) victory at number one singles.

The Belles (7-5) return to conference play on Saturday when they travel to East Lansing to take on Alma in a 1:00 p.m. MIAA match.

Saint Mary's College 7, Bethel College 2

Singles competition
1. Mary Catherine Faller (SMC) def. Molly O'Grady (BETHEL) 1-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-4)
2. Kayle Sexton (SMC) def. Whit Neuenschwander (BETHEL) 6-3, 6-0
3. Bethany Blodgett (BETHEL) def. Shannon Elliott (SMC) 6-1, 6-3
4. Audrey Kiefer (SMC) def. Melissa Ramer (BETHEL) 7-5, 6-2
5. Jackie Kjolhede (SMC) def. Taryn Johnson (BETHEL) 7-5, 6-2
6. Margaret Faller (SMC) def. Jill Focht (BETHEL) 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition
1. Mary Catherine Faller/Kayle Sexton (SMC) def. Molly O'Grady/Whit Neuenschwander (BETHEL) 8-6
2. Bethany Blodgett/Morgan McFarren (BETHEL) def. Jackie Kjolhede/Audrey Kiefer (SMC) 8-4
3. Margaret Faller/Shannon Elliott (SMC) def. Melissa Ramer/Kelsey Stichter (BETHEL) 8-2