SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo University women’s tennis team (1-7) dropped their match to California University of Penn. 8-1 Saturday afternoon from the SLU Tennis Center.
The women just seemed to be a step behind the Vulcans, dropping each of their doubles matches and not recording their only singles victory until after the match was decided.
Lina Benkirane and Jeanette McDonald teamed up for the Lions in the No. 1 doubles position but could not withstand the attack from Van Eysandeyt and Stanila as they fell 8-2. Saint Leo found life in No. 2 doubles though, as Shaena Keefe and Taylor Cleaves picked up four hard earned points against the duo of Fernandez and Navarro but it was not enough as the Penn tandem raced away for an 8-4 match win. The trend continued in No. 3 doubles as Gina Schifano and Lara King couldn’t find the mark against their opponents as Kowalski and Olivierra eventually overpowered the Lions pair, 8-0.
Singles action brought higher hopes for SLU as their No. 1player, Benkirane, raced out to a first set 7-5 win. But the tide turned in the following set as Van Eysandeyt escaped with a 6-2 set win before pulling away in the super tiebreaker 10-1.
Keefe, McDonald and Schifano each had moments of success in their matches, but the persistant attack of the Vulcans singles players eventually put away each of them.
Saint Leo did find success in their No. 5 singles player though as Cleaves, after dropping the first set 1-6, went on to defeat Navarro 6-0, 6-4.
But despite the match victory, the Vulcans went on to preserve the overall win with a victory in the No. 6 singles spot.
The Lions hit head right back onto the court tomorrow afternoon as they take on the Lynn University Fighting Knights in Sunshine State Conference action. First serve is set for noon.