St. Joe second time Molly Bellia is one of the state’s best

Saint Joseph's second time Molly Bellia returns for the Indians after winning No. 1 in the 2021 Singles State Championship.

SOUTH BEND – Molly Bellia’s love for tennis is truly genuine.

However, that love can only be matched by her genuine love of being a part of Saint Joseph’s girls’ tennis program.

Bellia, the second star of the Indians, is really about her team in a sport that is primarily based on individual talent.

Bellia, a superb southpaw, burst onto the preparation scene in a huge way in 2021. She won 25-0 and won the state championship for No. 1 singles players. She also helped the Indians go 18-2 and finish as team number two. Both St. Joe’s loss was to No. 1 Carmel, including 4-1 in the state title fight.

Longtime Saint Joseph coach Bill Mountford says Bellia, the epitome of a student-athlete, is the real commodity in every sense of the word.

“The thing about Molly is that what you see with her is what you get,” Mountford said. “Tennis is a very individual sport, and it’s unusual to have a player with Molly’s abilities to play high school tennis these days.”

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