Saint Leo, Fla. (February 8, 2007) – The Saint Leo women’s tennis team (0-1) opened its 2007 season with a 9-0 loss to No. 21 Rollins College (2-0) in a non-conference match played at the SLU Tennis Center on Friday.

The Tars got off to a fast start, sweeping all three doubles matches.  The No. 2 match between Saint Leo’s Teresa Bonano (Fr., Bronx, N.Y.) and Gina Schifano (Fr., Tampa, Fla.) was the closest of the three, as the Rollins’ pair of Sonia Bernal and Allison Arof won 8-6.

In singles play, Rollins took each of the top three matches and the No. 5 match by 6-0, 6-1 scores.  Saint Leo freshman Hannah Beard (Liverpool, England) lost 6-2, 6-3 in the number six slot with Taylor Cleaves (Fr., Norwell, Mass.) falling 6-2, 6-1 between the number four players.

Saint Leo returns to the court this Sunday when it hosts Florida Gulf Coast University in another non-conference match at 11:00 a.m.

Singles competition
1. Tasi Purcell (RCW) def. Asmaa Tazi (SLW) 6-0, 6-1
2. Marnie Mahler (RCW) def. Gina Schifano (SLW) 6-0, 6-1
3. Sonia Bernal (RCW) def. Teresa Bonano (SLW) 6-0, 6-1
4. AnastasiyaShevchenko (RCW) def. Taylor Cleaves (SLW) 6-2, 6-1
5. Silvia Frandji (RCW) def. Lara King (SLW) 6-1, 6-0
6. Allison Arof (RCW) def. Hannah Beard (SLW) 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Tasi Purcell/Marnie Mahler (RCW) def. Asmaa Tazi/Taylor Cleaves (SLW) 8-1
2. Sonia Bernal/Allison Arof (RCW) def. Teresa Bonano/Gina Schifano (SLW) 8-6
3. Silvia Frandji/AnastasiyaShevchenko (RCW) def. Lara King/Hannah Beard (SLW) 8-1