ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The women's tennis team came up just short on Saturday's SLIAC championship match against Principia. Greenville led 2-1 after doubles play, but Principia took four of the six singles matches for the conference championship.
After Principia won at No. 1, No. 2, and No. 3 singles, Greenville answered with wins from No. 5 Bellinger and No. 6 Samantha Siefken to make the score 4-4.
Greenville's No. 4 Courtney Blaser took the early 6-3 edge in the opening set as she was just one set from giving Greenville their first SLIAC tournament championship.
Principia grabbed a 7-5 win in set two, forcing the competitors to play a third set. Principia went ahead 4-0, and Blaser broke her serve and then held serve to make it 4-2. Principia took a 5-2 lead, but Blaser won the next two games to make it 5-4
Jones hit a strong serve and off the return put a deep baseline shot that bounced high above Blaser for a 5-2 lead. Blaser kept alive with wins in the next two games, closing the set score to 5-4. In the final game, Principia took a medical timeout on match point, and a ball in the net ended the match in Principia's favor 6-4.
The Panthers (12-6) completed their season as the SLIAC regular season champions and appeared in the SLIAC championship match for the first time since 2014.