Belles still winless after loss to Hope
By ALICIA ORTIZ
This past Saturday, the Saint Mary's Belles found victory in their loss against nationally ranked Hope College.
"We don't see it as a loss," Leigh Ann Matesich said. "We frustrated the other team and that let us see that we can play."
The now 0-9 Belles gave the Flying Dutch a run for their money, falling in three games 15-4, 15-13, 15-8. Hope is now 4-0 in MIAA matches.
"The second and third games could have gone either way," junior Denise Langolis said. "And I know Hope realized that."
The Belles have not had a fabulous season. In best terms, they are still getting to know each other and their coach. The Flying Dutch are placed first in the MIAA with a record of 6-3.
The Belles had the home court advantage and fans in the stands to support them. Each game is a chance to gain experience for the Belles.
"They were an excellent team, we held our own against them," Alexis Pontius said. "We rose to the level that they were playing at."
The Belles have displayed their ability to challenge more experienced teams.
The Belles next play on Tuesday, at Calvin College.
"Calvin is a team that we can beat," Matesich said.
The Knights are 10-3, and have lost to Kalamazoo and Hope; the two teams that the Belles have played their best games against. In preparation the Belles have been working on defense and blocking hits.
"As long as we play as one team and one unit, we can win," Langolis said.
All Sports Stories for Monday, September 18, 2000