Belle tennis falls to St. Mary’s

Belle Tennis puts up a fight on their home courts

By Rosanna Aguilera
On March 8, 2018

Photo by Axel Marcenaro
Maria Delgadillo, sophomore, stands ready while teammate Enna Ovcina, freshman, serves the ball. Delgadillo is originally from Mexico City, Mexico.

The women’s tennis team lost 7-2 to the No. 7 St. Mary’s University Rattlers Friday morning at the Angelo State tennis courts.

The Belles are currently 5-3 on the season after their win on Saturday over Dallas Baptist University.

"We played outstanding," head coach Chris Bizot said. "The energy level was really high."

The team took one of the three doubles points and a singles win from freshman Virginie Becht in the match.

Bizot said he doesn’t think the team thought it was going to be that much of a battle.

"We had plenty of chances, though," Bizot said. "I couldn’t be happier about how we played."

The doubles win came from the freshman team of Zoe Gubbels and Lucie Maitrot. They got an early 4-1 lead and carried it on to win 8-4.

Freshman Ena Ovcina and sophomore Maria Delgadillo were down 0-3, then came back and won four games to put the score at 4-6, but lost 8-5, with St. Mary’s earning their first point of the day.

Becht and sophomore Yasmine Ansari tied in their doubles game 3-3; however, St. Mary’s still won 8-4, moving on to singles.

Becht won her singles match 6-2 in the first set and 6-4 in the second set, earning ASU’s only singles win of the day.

"Virginia got a big win at singles, and Maria played phenomenal at two," Bizot said. "That was probably one of the better matches I’ve seen in a long time."

Delgadillo won her first set 7-6 but lost the second 6-7, forcing a tiebreaker. The sophomore fell to St. Mary’s 7-10.

Ansari lost her two set 5-7 and 4-6. Ovcina fell short on court three, losing 3-6 and 0-6, and Maitrot lost 4-6 and 1-6. Gubbels also lost her match 2-6 and 4-6.

"I think we’re making really good progress," Bizot said. "I think this can really be a turning point for us going forward."

Bizot said they are working on staying in the moment.

"When we started winning on some courts, then we started thinking about the end result, and tennis can be brutal when you start doing that," Bizot said. "It’s easier to stay in the moment and try and accomplish the task at hand and what you’re trying to do in that moment."

Bizot said that doing this gets wins.

"Nothing to complain about today; lots of good came out of today," Bizot said. "Hopefully, we will build on this."

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