Tennis Season Recap
- The Belles posted their eleventh consecutive season with at least ten victories.
- Saint Mary's hosted an MIAA Tournament Semifinal for the first time in program history.
- The team won 75 percent of their MIAA doubles and singles matches during the year.
The Saint Mary’s tennis team earned their eleventh consecutive season of at least 10 victories while finishing tied for second in the MIAA in 2018. Additionally, the Belles hosted the MIAA Tournament Semifinal round for the first time in program history.
After a competitive showing at the ITA Regional tournament in September, the Belles fell in their lone dual match of the fall season against a strong Huntington team who received votes in the NAIA Top 25 poll and made their conference tournament championship.
The spring season opened in February with the Belles falling short against NAIA foe Aquinas. A week later, the team earned a pair of wins against Wittenberg and Saint Francis (Ind.). That began a stretch which saw Saint Mary’s take victories in nine of 11 competitions. The last three of those wins came in dominant fashion as the Belles defeated Trine, Adrian, and Olivet by claiming 26 of 27 possible flights for a 3-0 start to league play.
The Belles shouldered a setback against Ohio Wesleyan before shutting out Alboin to move to 10-5 overall and 4-0 in league play. The following week, the team battled to the end and prevailed by a 5-4 score against Kalamazoo to give the Belles their first victory over the Hornets in ten years. The team suffered consecutive conference losses to Hope and Calvin but responded with a 9-0 win over Alma on Senior Day to secure a tie of second place in league standings. After a three-way tie was split, it was determined the Belles would host the MIAA Tournament Semifinal match against Calvin. What was a tight match between the teams during the regular season was just as tight in the conference tournament. The Knights edged out the Belles to end the season for Saint Mary’s as the team concluded the year with a 12-8 overall record and a 6-2 mark in MIAA play.
Depth was key to the team’s success in 2018. Four players – Maddie Minaudo, Elizabeth Preister, Lilly Chamberlin, and Megan Davy – posted at least 13 wins each in singles play this year. Minaudo led the way with 16 total singles victories. Preister and Chamberlin each tallied 14 singles wins, and Davy added 13. Overall, the team won 75.0 percent of singles matches in conference play (36-12) in 2018.
Doubles were again a strong area for the team as Saint Mary’s. The one doubles pairing of Monica Davy and Megan Davy collected 13 wins, and the tandem of Lilly Chamberlin and Maddie Minaudo posted 11 victories. Kelsey Kopf and Elizabeth Preister each tallied at least 10 doubles wins in 2018 as the Belles were 18-6 in doubles play in league play this spring.
Monica Davy and Megan Davy were named to the First Team and Second Team All-MIAA listings for their efforts at the conclusion of the regular season. The Belles’ one singles player, Monica Davy was one of six student-athletes to be named to the First Team. It was the third All-MIAA selection of her career, and it was the first All-MIAA First Team honor for the junior. Megan Davy was one of six women's tennis players to earn Second Team recognition this spring. They became the first set of sisters on the Belles tennis team to earn All-MIAA recognition since Annie and Jeannie Knish in 2002.