Belles Open Trip With Win Over Titans

SANLANDO, Fla. - The Saint Mary's tennis team began their spring break trip with a 6-3 win over Illinois Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon.

The Belles were able to set the tone early by winning two of the three doubles flights. Audrey Kiefer and Jackie Kjolhede took a commanding 8-1 victory at the number three doubles flight. Mary Catherine Faller and Kayle Sexton, meanwhile, battled their way to the eventual 9-7 win at the one doubles flight for the Belles.

In the singles competitions, Saint Mary's won four of the six matches on their way to their first dual match win of the season. Faller and Kjolhede rode the momentum from their wins in doubles play to big victories at the one and six singles flights, respectively. Faller was a 6-1, 6-3 winner while Kjolhede earned a 6-1, 6-2 decision. Shannon Elliott edged her way to a 7-5, 6-4 win at the three singles flight. Margaret Faller used a come-from-behind effort for a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win at number four singles to round out the Belles' victory.

The Belles (1-2) will have Monday off of competition before returning to the court on Tuesday for a 9:00 a.m. match against St. Scholastica in the greater Orlando area.

Saint Mary's College 6, Illinois Wesleyan 3
Singles competition
1. Mary Catherine Faller (SMC) def. Kerwin, Andrea (IWU) 6-1, 6-3
2. Alex, Helen (IWU) def. Kayle Sexton (SMC) 6-0, 6-0
3. Shannon Elliott (SMC) def. Drawbridge, Lauren (IWU) 7-5, 6-4
4. Margaret Faller (SMC) def. Goetz, Alissa (IWU) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
5. Schroeder, Svenja (IWU) def. Audrey Kiefer (SMC) 6-3, 6-4
6. Jackie Kjolhede (SMC) def. Nelson, Nicole (IWU) 6-1, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. Mary Catherine Faller/Kayle Sexton (SMC) def. Kerwin, Andrea/Alex, Helen (IWU) 9-7
2. Drawbridge, Lauren/Goetz, Alissa (IWU) def. Shannon Elliott/Margaret Faller (SMC) 8-5
3. Audrey Kiefer/Jackie Kjolhede (SMC) def. Schroeder, Svenja/Nelson, Nicole (IWU) 8-1