Tennis Season Recap
- The Belles posted the most wins in a season for the program since 2004.
- The team posted their tenth consecutive season with at least ten victories.
- Andrea Fetters and Monica Davy were both selected to the All-MIAA Second Team for their efforts on the year, and Fetters became the program's first-ever Karen Caine Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.
When success comes almost routine, it can be easy to miss big milestones when they occur. For the Saint Mary’s tennis team, however, the most wins in a season in over a decade coupled with a conference-level recognition not previously awarded to a Belle until 2016 were not unnoticed accomplishments.
The Belles went on a tear from start to finish during their season as the squad did not lose back-to-back matches at any point throughout the year. The team fell in just three of their non-conference competitions with each of those losses coming to teams who finished third or higher in their respective conferences in 2016.
Throughout the season, the team won three consecutive matches on two separate occasions. The first of those instances capped off a 3-1 spring break trip to push the team’s record to 6-2. The second came almost a month later when the Belles won 26 of 27 flights in decisions over North Central, Trine, and Bethel while also posting their tenth consecutive season with at least ten victories.
After a setback against Calvin, the team posted back-to-back wins against Adrian and Alma to move a win away from clinching a spot in the MIAA Tournament. In the final match of the regular season, the Belles earned that win and a berth in the conference tournament with a 7-2 win over Alma. The victory gave the team the most wins in a single season since 2004.
Despite taking leads in two of the doubles matches against top-seeded Hope in the MIAA Tournament Semifinal round, the Belles concluded their season with a 5-0 loss to the Flying Dutch. It was the third consecutive appearance by Saint Mary’s in the top-four only conference tournament.
As a team, the Belles won better than 68 percent of their doubles matches and posted a 62.3 win percentage at singles flights in 2015-16. Twelve of the team’s 14 wins were 7-2, 8-1, or 9-0 decisions in favor of the Belles, and eleven different student-athletes contributed at least one individual win in singles play.
Four Belles won ten or more singles matches this past year. Sophomore Maddie Minaudo led the way with 14 while first-year student-athlete Monica Davy earned 13 wins with 12 of those victories coming at the two singles flight. Elizabeth Preister added 12 wins in her first year on the squad, and Margaret Faller closed out four successful years on the team with 10 singles wins. Minaudo and Faller paired up for a team-high 16 doubles wins. The pairings of Davy and Sam Setterblad as well as Andrea Fetters and Kaity Venters posted 11 doubles wins during the year.
In March, Maddie Minaudo became the first member of the tennis program to earn MIAA Player of the Week honors. At the end of the season, Andrea Fetters and Monica Davy were both selected to the All-MIAA Second Team for their efforts on the year. Additionally, Fetters became the program's first-ever Karen Caine Scholar-Athlete Award recipient. The award is presented annually to a senior student-athlete who has been a letterwinner at her school for at least two years and takes into consideration the both the student-athlete's academic and athletic achievements.