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Belles Take Down Mountaineers, Fall to Tigers

The team huddles up for a cheer before starting a match.
KERRVILLE, Texas - The Saint Mary's tennis team opened their spring break trip to Texas with a 5-4 win over Schreiner. The Belles competed later in the evening and fell in an 8-1 final against East Texas Baptist University.
In the opening match of the day, the Belles fell behind 2-1 through the completion of doubles. Meredith Heckert and Lilly Chamberlin were narrowly edged out in an 8-6 final at two doubles. Alyssa Gulli and Elizabeth Preister pulled the Belles even with an 8-4 victory at three doubles. Monica Davy and Megan Davy had a long battle but came up short in an 8-4 one doubles final.
Alyssa Gulli was the first singles match off the court as the freshman prevailed 6-0, 6-4 at five singles. Elizabeth Preister then gave the Belles the lead with a 6-2, 6-2 win at six singles. Meredith Heckert put Saint Mary's within a point of the win after a 6-0, 6-4 victory at three singles. Lilly Chamberlin nearly came back to force a decisive third set at four singles but came up shy in the second set tiebreaker in a 6-0, 7-6 (7-5) final at four singles. Monica Davy shouldered a tough 3-6, 6-0, 6-0 loss at one singles. With the match on the line, Megan Davy came back from a second-set loss with a commanding third set for a 6-0, 1-6, 6-1 win at two singles to clinch the team victory.
Against the Tigers, East Texas Baptist University took all three doubles flights. Lilly Chamberlin and Meredith Heckert were stopped in an 8-0 final at two doubles. Megan Davy and Monica Davy battled but were stopped by a narrow 8-6 margin at one doubles. Alyssa Gulli and Elizabeth Preister had a marathon three doubles match but ultimately fell by a tight 8-7 (8-6) score.
Heckert and Megan Davy each came up shy in 6-3, 6-2 finals at two and one singles, respectively. Gulli nearly made a second-set comeback to force a third set, but the freshman was on the short end of a 6-2, 6-4 score at four singles. Monica Davy had a 6-3, 6-3 setback at three singles against the Tigers. Nicole Becker fell by the same 6-3, 6-3 margin at six singles. Lilly Chamberlin battled her way to a grueling 6-4, 7-5 win at five singles as the final match on the courts for the night.
The Belles (6-2) are slated to take on No. 11 ranked Trinity on Monday at 12:00 p.m. CDT.

Saint Mary's College 5, Schreiner University 4
 Singles competition
1. Jennifer Garcia (SCHWTEN) def. Monica Davy (SMC) 3-6, 6-0, 6-0
2. Megan Davy (SMC) def. Katie Smith (SCHWTEN) 6-0, 1-6, 6-1
3. Meredith Heckert (SMC) def. Kate De Los Santos (SCHWTEN) 6-0, 6-4
4. Lauren Stanley (SCHWTEN) def. Lilly Chamberlin (SMC) 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Alyssa Gulli (SMC) def. Marlee Daniels (SCHWTEN) 6-0, 6-4
6. Elizabeth Preister (SMC) def. Kate Woods (SCHWTEN) 6-2, 6-2

 Doubles competition
1. Kara Miller/Katie Smith (SCHWTEN) def. Monica Davy/Megan Davy (SMC) 8-4
2. Jennifer Garcia/Kate De Los Santos (SCHWTEN) def. Meredith Heckert/Lilly Chamberlin (SMC) 8-6
3. Alyssa Gulli/Elizabeth Preister (SMC) def. Lauren Stanley/Marlee Daniels (SCHWTEN) 8-4

East Texas Baptist University 8, Saint Mary's College 1
 Singles competition
1. Elisa Kendall (ETBU) def. Megan Davy (SMC) 6-3, 6-2
2. Tess Willis (ETBU) def. Meredith Heckert (SMC) 6-3, 6-2
3. Tiffany Stankiewicz (ETBU) def. Monica Davy (SMC) 6-3, 6-3
4. Kaleigh Smith (ETBU) def. Alyssa Gulli (SMC) 6-2, 6-4
5. Lilly Chamberlin (SMC) def. Mullika Seekhieo (ETBU) 6-4, 7-5
6. Olivia Parmelly (ETBU) def. Nicole Becker (SMC) 6-3, 6-3

 Doubles competition
1. Olivia Parmelly/Kaleigh Smith (ETBU) def. Megan Davy/Monica Davy (SMC) 8-6
2. Elisa Kendall/Tiffany Stankiewicz (ETBU) def. Lilly Chamberlin/Meredith Heckert (SMC) 8-0
3. Mullika Seekhieo/Tess Willis (ETBU) def. Alyssa Gulli/Elizabeth Preister (SMC) 8-7 (8-6)

Match Notes:
Exhibition singles: Ashley Schenck (ETBU) def Jenna Jaskolka (SMC), 6-3, 6-5
Exh singles: Cassidy Wilcoxson (ETBU) def Carolyn Podawiltz (SMC), 6-2, 6-2
Exh doubles: Lily Brandt/Nicole Becker (SMC) def. Schenck/Wilcoxson, 8-7