Tennis Season Recap
- The Belles posted their tenth consecutive season with at least ten victories.
- Ten of the eleven victories were 7-2, 8-1, or 9-0 decisions.
- The team won over 60 percent of their MIAA doubles and singles matches during the year.
The Saint Mary’s tennis team continued their tradition of success on the courts in 2017 with another 10-plus win season and fourth consecutive trip to the top-four MIAA Tournament. Playing one of the most competitive schedules in recent history, the 2017 team faced four programs who went on to make the NCAA Division III Tournament – St. Scholastica, St. Norbert, Augustana, and Hope.
The Belles bounced back from their spring break trip to Florida by winning six matches in a row for their longest winning streak in over a decade. In that streak was a 4-0 start to MIAA competition capped off by a 7-2 victory at Albion. That same win over the Brits extended the team’s streak of 10-plus wins in a season to eleven consecutive years.
The final regular season match of the year saw the Belles pick up a commanding 9-0 victory over Alma to earn their fourth consecutive berth in the top-four MIAA Tournament. Saint Mary’s squared off against top-seeded and nationally-ranked Hope in the opening round of the conference tournament. While the Belles fell by a 5-0 margin, the team’s three doubles pairing was narrowly edged out in a 9-7 score and would have been the first flight the Flying Dutch had lost to an MIAA opponent all season.
The team’s success was attributed to the Belles’ depth in 2017. Monica Davy, Meaghan Flynn, and Maddie Minaudo each contributed to 10-plus wins in both doubles and singles play. Davy led all players with 25 combined victories followed by Minaudo’s 23 and Flynn’s 21.
Liz Preister, Sam Setterblad, Kaity Venters, and Kelsey Kopf each tallied double-digit wins in at least singles or doubles play for the Belles in 2017. Preister had a team-high 18 wins in singles competitions, and Setterblad was part of 14 doubles victories. Venters played a big role in 11 doubles wins, and Kopf contributed 11 wins in singles play on the year.
As a team, Saint Mary’s won better than 66 percent of their MIAA doubles matches and more than 60 percent of MIAA singles matches in 2017.
Monica Davy was one of only 12 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association tennis student-athletes to earn a spot on the 2017 All-MIAA list. A sophomore, Davy was named Second Team All-MIAA after posting a combined 11 wins in MIAA competition this spring in both one singles and one doubles flights.