Women’s college tennis
Belles go 1-1
The Saint Mary’s tennis team was defeated by an 8-1 margin by regionally-ranked Wheaton before bouncing back with a 7-2 win over Judson at the Centre Court Athletic Club Saturday.
Plymouth alum Shannon Elliott earned a 6-1, 6-4 straight set win at No. 3 singles against Judson, and she combined with Audrey Kiefer for an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles in the match.
Elliott finished the week a combined 8-2 in singles and doubles play.
Ancilla nets 3 more wins
The fourth and final day of their spring trip to Florida brought the Ancilla College softball team three more wins, helping to up their record to 13-1.
In its first game of the day, Ancilla scratched out a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth and held on to defeat Taylor University’s JV team 5-4.
Maura Hancock led off the decisive inning with a walk and moved to second on a Courtney Clark single. The next batter, Rohni Beck, put down a sacrifice bunt that was thrown away, allowing Hancock to tie the game. Gretchen Gieseking picked up what proved to be the game winning RBI, by scoring Clark with a sacrifice fly.
Courtney Clark picked up her fifth win of the year, allowing just one earned run and striking out four.
Ancilla finished the day with a doubleheader sweep of Bethel University (MN) JV by scores of 12-3 and 8-1.
The Lady Chargers put up 10 hits in the five-inning, eight run rule-shortened first game as Trisha Dillon ran her record to 4-0 allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out three.
After falling behind 1-0 in its final game of the trip, Ancilla scored eight unanswered runs to pick up their 13th win of the season. Gieseking and Kaitlyn Dreibelbis had seven of Ancilla’s nine hits between them. Gieseking was 4 for 4 with two RBI and Dreibelbis put together a 3-for-4 performance from the leadoff spot. Beck added two RBI to Charger effort.
Ancilla returns home to start their conference season next week. The Chargers’ MCCAA West opener is Friday at Lake Michigan at 3 p.m.