Bellarmine University women’s tennis senior Sydney Thompson and junior Mairin Cotter both advanced to the finals in their respective singles divisions over the weekend at the Evansville Metro Collegiate Invitational, which featured several Division I programs.

Thompson earned two victories, including one in straight sets over Western Kentucky’s Cassie Pennington in the semifinals, to push to the finals in the 6B Flight. Cotter also secured two victories to move into the No. 7 finals.

Also in the No. 7 singles draw, junior Bess Fley captured the consolation championship, highlighted by a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Evansville’s Leah Helpinstine in the semifinals. Sophomore Maggie Walroth matched her in the No. 1 singles draw, registering two victories en route to the consolation title.

Freshman Ashley Jonathan collected a win in advancing to the No. 3 singles consolation finals, while junior Marissa Kovach did the same in the 6A Flight. Freshman Jennifer Skonieczny notched a victory in the No. 2 singles draw.

Walroth and Jonathan attained a berth in the No. 1 doubles draw consolation finals after earning a win. Cotter and Kovach teamed up for a win in the No. 3 doubles draw.

“It was a great effort all weekend against mostly DI tennis players,” Bellarmine Coach John Mican said. “Playing against strong competition shows us what we need to work on, but it also demonstrated just how close we are to playing at the next level.”

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by Adam Pruiett

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