Belles Defeated by No. 16 Wildcats

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Saint Mary's tennis team lost an 8-1 match to NAIA No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan at the Wildwood Racquet Club on Tuesday afternoon.

The 18-1 Wildcats took all three doubles flights and won five of the six contested singles matches.

Margaret Faller and Andrea Fetters had a close match in three doubles competition as the pair was edged out by an 8-6 score. Mary Catherine Faller and Kayle Sexton lost an 8-2 final at one doubles while Shannon Elliott and Audrey Kiefer fell by a matching 8-2 score at two doubles.

Audrey Kiefer won her six singles match against Indiana Wesleyan.
Audrey Kiefer won her six singles
match against Indiana Wesleyan.
Kiefer bounced back in singles play by claiming a 6-4, 6-4 win at six singles for the Belles. Fetters and Elliott each played tough matches in their singles flights. Fetters lost the opening set in a tie breaker 7-6 (4) before ending the second set on the wrong side of a 6-2 score. Shannon Elliott fought her way to a tiebreaker in the second set after falling 6-1 in the opening set, but the comeback fell short in a 7-5 tiebreaker.

Mary Catherine Faller lost a 6-1, 6-1 match at one singles. Kayle Sexton and Jackie Kjolhede were both on the short side of 6-0, 6-0 decisions at two and three singles, respectively. The Belles (6-4) return to MIAA competition on Wednesday, April 8 when they travel to Albion for a 4:00 p.m. match against the Brits.

Indiana Wesleyan 8, Saint Mary's College 1

Singles competition
1. Katie Wilson (IWU-W) def. Mary Catherine Faller (SMC) 6-1, 6-1
2. Rachel Bottorff (IWU-W) def. Kayle Sexton (SMC) 6-0, 6-0
3. Rachael Heiniger (IWU-W) def. Jackie Kjolhede (SMC) 6-0, 6-0
4. Kim Mella (IWU-W) def. Shannon Elliott (SMC) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Courtney Siepman (IWU-W) def. Andrea Fetters (SMC) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
6. Audrey Kiefer (SMC) def. Gabby D'Aniello (IWU-W) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles competition
1. Katie Wilson/Kim Mella (IWU-W) def. Mary Catherine Faller/Kayle Sexton (SMC) 8-2
2. Rachel Bottorff/Courtney Siepman (IWU-W) def. Shannon Elliott/Audrey Kiefer (SMC) 8-2
3. Ellen Hornett/Kelsey Vessels (IWU-W) def. Margaret Faller/Andrea Fetters (SMC) 8-6