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Belles Fend Off Knights for Senior Day Win

Lilly Chamberlin, wearing a pink visor, white shirt, and dark shorts, hits a back-hand return shot in her tennis match.
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The Saint Mary's tennis team built a lead through doubles and battled to the end to earn a 6-3 win over Calvin in conference action on Saturday.
Lilly Chamberlin and Alyssa Gulli prevailed in an 8-5 final at two doubles. Nicole Becker and Elizabeth Preister then took an 8-6 three doubles win to put Saint Mary's ahead 2-0 before a nail-biting 8-5 setback at one doubles for Monica Davy and Megan Davy made it a 2-1 overall score going into singles. 
Lily Brandt suffered a 6-1, 6-0 loss at six singles. Monica Davy was on the short side of a 6-0, 6-2 final at one singles as Calvin took a narrow 3-2 overall lead. Alyssa Gulli pulled Saint Mary's even with a 6-3, 6-2 victory at three singles. Megan Davy gave the team lead back to the Belles with a 6-3, 6-1 win at two singles. With the overall match up in the air, the two remaining competitions were both wrapped up in tight, point-for-point battles. Lilly Chamberlin claimed a 6-3 opening set and forged a lead in her second set before her opponent came back to tie things at 5-5. The sophomore, however, held serve after the switch and broke serve to take a 7-5 win at four singles and clinch the victory for the team. At the same time, Elizabeth Preister was in a marathon match at five singles. The senior won a tight 6-4 first set and was up 5-4 in the second set before her counterpart won back-to-back games for a 6-5 lead. Preister's steady resilience came through as she won the next game to force a tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, she went ahead 4-2 and did not trail the remainder of the way in a 7-5 win for the set and the match.
The victory over the Knights marks the first win for the Belles over Calvin in tennis since the 2014 season, which was also a 6-3 final at home.
The Belles (12-8, 4-1 MIAA) travel to Kalamazoo on Tuesday for a 4:00 p.m. conference match.
Saint Mary's College 6, Calvin College 3
 Singles competition
1. Leah Newhof (CAL-W) def. Monica Davy (SMC) 6-0, 6-2
2. Megan Davy (SMC) def. Madeline Brouwer (CAL-W) 6-3, 6-1
3. Alyssa Gulli (SMC) def. Maria Poortenga (CAL-W) 6-3, 6-2
4. Lilly Chamberlin (SMC) def. Maya Klopfenstein (CAL-W) 6-3, 7-5
5. Elizabeth Preister (SMC) def. Grace Brown (CAL-W) 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Alexis Bonner (CAL-W) def. Lily Brandt (SMC) 6-1, 6-0

 Doubles competition
1. Leah Newhof/Madeline Brouwer (CAL-W) def. Monica Davy/Megan Davy (SMC) 8-5
2. Lilly Chamberlin/Alyssa Gulli (SMC) def. Alexis Bonner/Maria Poortenga (CAL-W) 8-5
3. Nicole Becker/Elizabeth Preister (SMC) def. Maya Klopfenstein/Grace Brown (CAL-W) 8-6