Belles Shut Down by Thunder

  • Maddie Minaudo and Monica Davy each pulled within 5-4 in a set in singles play.
  • Elizabeth Preister and Kelsey Kopf each took at least one game in both sets in singles play.

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's tennis team lost a 9-0 match against regionally-ranked Wheaton on Friday night at the Eck Tennis Pavilion.

Katiy Venters and Meaghan Flynn were stopped 8-1 at two doubles. Maddie Minaudo and Liz Preister fell 8-4 at three doubles while Sam Setterblad and Monica Davy also suffered an 8-4 setback at one doubles.

Minaudo battled back with back-to-back game wins in the second set in a 6-1, 6-4 loss at five singles. Davy nearly came back in the opening set - pulling within 5-4 - but ended on the short side of a 6-4, 6-1 final at one singles. Preister nearly drew even in her second set but fell 6-2, 6-3 at six singles. Kelsey Kopf was part of several long points at two singles but could not catch the fortunate breaks in a 6-2, 6-1 final. Flynn similarly found herself on the short end of many long volleys in a 6-0, 6-2 four singles match. Setterblad battled at three singles but shouldered a 6-2, 6-0 setback on the night.

The Belles (4-8) travel to Augustana on Sunday to face both host Augustana and Knox.

#13 Wheaton (IL) 9, Saint Mary's College 0
Singles competition
1. Jones, Emily (WHEATON) def. Monica Davy (SMC) 6-4, 6-1
2. White, Kirstie (WHEATON) def. Kelsey Kopf (SMC) 6-2, 6-1
3. Kay, Miranda (WHEATON) def. Sam Setterblad (SMC) 6-2, 6-0
4. Magnuson, Sara (WHEATON) def. Meaghan Flynn (SMC) 6-0, 6-2
5. Westwick, Emma (WHEATON) def. Maddie Minaudo (SMC) 6-1, 6-4
6. Browning, Claire (WHEATON) def. Elizabeth Preister (SMC) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Park, Katie/Jones, Emily (WHEATON) def. Monica Davy/Sam Setterblad (SMC) 8-4
2. Kay, Miranda/Magnuson, Sara (WHEATON) def. Meaghan Flynn/Kaity Venters (SMC) 8-1
3. Browning, Claire/White, Kirstie (WHEATON) def. Maddie Minaudo/Elizabeth Preister (SMC) 8-4

Match Notes:
Wheaton (IL) 15-2; Regional ranking #13
Saint Mary's College 4-8
Order of finish: Doubles (2,3,1); Singles (4,3,2,5,1,6)