San Antonio – St. Mary’s University rolled to their sixth win of the season in the first round, but fell to 21st-ranked St. Edward’s University in the semifinals of the Heartland Conference women’s tennis tournament Friday at the University of the Incarnate Word.

The Rattlers won all three doubles matches and two of the four singles matches against Lincoln University in the first round of the tournament. Vanessa Sholes (Jr., Paramaribo, Suriname) won her match against Raffaella Sangalli at number one singles, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Kelly Cooper (Fr., San Antonio) also picked up a singles win, defeating Camila Araujo at number two singles. The pair also teamed to win at number one singles, 8-4, against Shelby Penno and Sangalli. Ashley Hernandez (So., Cibolo) and Amanda McMullan (Sr., Allen) teamed up to win at number three doubles, 8-2, over Claudia Lanker and Katrina Redmon.

Against 21st-ranked St. Edward’s University in the tournament semifinals the Rattlers dropped all three doubles matches, then fell in the two singles matches completed for a 5-0 loss.

With the results, St. Mary’s finished the 2009 season with a 6-13 record.

Heartland Conference Women’s Tennis Championships
San Antonio, Texas

St. Mary’s 5, Lincoln 2
#1 Vanessa Sholles (STMU) def. Raffaella Sangalli (LU), 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
#2 Kelly Cooper (STMU) def. Camila Araujo (LU), 6-3, 6-0
#3 Shelby Penno (LU) def. Erica Carmona (STMU), 6-2, 6-1
#4 Tamila Bilalova (LU) def. Tiffany Edwards (STMU), 6-3, 6-4
#5 Ashley Hernandez (STMU) vs. Claudia Lanker (LU), DNF
#6 Amanda McMullan (STMU) vs. Katrina Redmon (LU), DNF
#1 Cooper/Sholles (STMU) def. Penno/Sangalli (LU), 8-4
#2 Carmona/Edwards (STMU) def. Araujo/Bilalova (LU), 8-1
#3 Hernandez/McMullan (STMU) def. Lanker/Redmon (LU), 8-2

(#21) St. Edward’s 5, St. Mary’s 0
#1 Audrey Tompkins (SEU) vs. Vanessa Sholles (STMU), DNF
#2 Regina Del Bosque (SEU) vs. Kelly Cooper (STMU), DNF
#3 Mary Bain (SEU) def. Erica Carmona (STMU), 6-0, 6-2
#4 Liz Jacobi (SEU) def. Tiffany Edwards (STMU), 6-0, 6-1
#5 Heather Brien (SEU) vs. Ashley Hernandez (STMU), DNF
#6 Alexandra Henry (SEU) vs. Amanda McMullan (STMU), DNF
#1 Del Bosque/Tompkins (SEU) def. Cooper/Sholles (STMU), 8-1
#2 Bain/Jacobi (SEU) def. Carmona/Edwards (STMU), 8-2
#3 Brien/Henry (SEU) def. Hernandez/McMullan (STMU), 8-3

Records: St. Mary’s 6-13

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