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Belles Blank Cougars to Open Spring Season

Alyssa Gulli, pictured on the left, and Elizabeth Preister high five one another.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The Saint Mary's tennis team opened the spring portion of their schedule with a commanding 9-0 win against the University of Saint Francis at the Wildwood Raquet Club on Sunday.
Alyssa Gulli and Elizabeth Preister helped set the tone in both doubles and singles play. The duo teamed up for an 8-1 win at three doubles to give the Belles a quick lead. Lilly Chamberlin and Meredith Heckert claimed an 8-3 win at two doubles, and Monica Davy and Megan Davy gave Saint Mary's a 3-0 lead with an 8-2 decision at one doubles.
Gulli and Preister then clinched the team win quickly in singles action. Gulli took a 6-1, 6-1 victory at five singles, and Preister did not drop a game in a 6-0, 6-0 six singles decision. Meredith Heckert also posted an unblemished win at four singles with a 6-0, 6-0 final. Chamberlin took a straight-set 6-2, 6-2 win at three singles. Megan Davy won a 6-1, 6-3 match at two singles. Monica Davy fought off a comeback-minded opponent at one singles as the senior prevailed 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6) for the 9-0 team win.
In exhibition play, Nicole Becker (8-0) and Jenna Jaskolka (6-0) each prevailed in their singles matches on the day.
The Belles (3-0) are back in action on Saturday, February 23 when they host both Aquinas and Spring Arbor at Eastlake Athletic Club in Elkhart.

Saint Mary's College 9, Saint Francis (Ind) 0
 Singles competition
1. Monica Davy (SMC) def. Taylor Stanchin (USF) 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
2. Megan Davy (SMC) def. Regina Faber (USF) 6-1, 6-3
3. Lilly Chamberlin (SMC) def. Sarah Liter (USF) 6-2, 6-2
4. Meredith Heckert (SMC) def. Gabby Buday (USF) 6-0, 6-0
5. Alyssa Gulli (SMC) def. Christina King (USF) 6-1, 6-1
6. Elizabeth Preister (SMC) def. Francine Muhlenkamp (USF) 6-0, 6-0

 Doubles competition
1. Megan Davy/Monica Davy (SMC) def. Taylor Stanchin/Gabby Buday (USF) 8-2
2. Lilly Chamberlin/Meredith Heckert (SMC) def. Regina Faber/Sarah Liter (USF) 8-3
3. Alyssa Gulli/Elizabeth Preister (SMC) def. Francine Muhlenkamp/Christina King (USF) 8-1

Match Notes:
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,6,4,3,2,1)