Belles Have Tough Trip to Ohio

CLEVELAND, Ohio - The Saint Mary's tennis team opened the spring 2013 season against some tough competition in the form of No. 7 regionally-ranked Case Western and Ohio Northern on Saturday. Case Western won 9-0 over the Belles while Ohio Northern took a 7-2 decision.

The regionally-ranked Spartans were a tall order for the Belles in their season-opening match as Case Western took all nine flights. Shannon Elliott and Margaret Faller held their own against regionally-ranked Sara Zargham and Kathleen Evers before being edged out 8-4 at number two doubles in what was the closest flight of the match.

Against Ohio Northern, Shannon Elliott and Margaret Faller battled their way to a 9-7 win at number two doubles for the Belles. Later in the match against the Polar Bears, Mary Catherine Faller battled her way back to a win in the tiebreaker with a 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7) victory at number one singles.

The Belles will regroup and will be back in action on their Spring Break trip to the greater Orlando, Florida area March 10-15.


#7 Case Western Reserve Univ. 9, Saint Mary's College 0
 Singles competition
1. Erika Lim (CASEW) def. Mary Catherine Faller (SMC) 6-2, 6-0
2. #22 Taylor Sweeney (CASEW) def. Kayle Sexton (SMC) 6-0, 6-1
3. Michelle Djohan (CASEW) def. Shannon Elliott (SMC) 6-0, 6-0
4. Lauren Rovner (CASEW) def. Molly Mazza (SMC) 8-0
5. Kaitlin Mills (CASEW) def. Margaret Faller (SMC) 8-1
6. Meredith Lee (CASEW) def. Audrey Kiefer (SMC) 8-3

 Doubles competition
1. Erika Lim/Surya Khadilkar (CASEW) def. Mary Catherine Faller/Kayle Sexton (SMC) 8-2
2. #12 Sara Zargham/Kathleen Evers (CASEW) def. Shannon Elliott/Margaret Faller (SMC) 8-4
3. Alexandra Lim/Emily Pham (CASEW) def. Molly Mazza/Audrey Kiefer (SMC) 8-0

Ohio Northern University 7, Saint Mary's College 2

 Singles competition
1. Mary Catherine Faller (SMC) def. Michelle Tuma (ONU) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
2. Meghan Letizia (ONU) def. Kayle Sexton (SMC) 6-0, 6-1
3. Kristin Cellentani (ONU) def. Shannon Elliott (SMC) 8-5
4. Brittany Miller (ONU) def. Molly Mazza (SMC) 6-0, 6-2
5. Taryn Strombeck (ONU) def. Margaret Faller (SMC) 8-4
6. Rachael Miller (ONU) def. Audrey Kiefer (SMC) 6-1, 6-2

 Doubles competition
1. Michelle Tuma/Rachael Miller (ONU) def. Mary Catherine Faller/Kayle Sexton (SMC) 8-4
2. Shannon Elliott/Margaret Faller (SMC) def. Meghan Letizia/Taryn Strombeck (ONU) 9-7
3. Brittany Miller/Kristin Cellentani (ONU) def. Molly Mazza/Audrey Kiefer (SMC) 8-0