SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s tennis team snapped a six-match losing streak by defeating the Concordia-Moorhead Cobbers 6-3, Friday afternoon from the Saint Leo Tennis Center.
In the non-conference showdown, the Lions trailed 2-1 after doubles action but stormed back to take five-of-six singles matches to claim a 6-3 win.
The No. 1 doubles duo of Shaena Keefe and Jeanette McDonald made quick work of their challengers, dropping them by the score of 8-2.
Gina Schifano and Christine Clyne provided a still challenge to the Cobbers’ pair at No. 2 doubles, but it was not enough as Amy Freeman and Mel Gail edged the Leo team, 8-6.
It was the same result at No. 3 doubles as Caroline Ebner and Tamara Bustard built points against Olsen and McGraw, but the Cobbers’ lead was defended pulling away with an 8-4 win.
Down in the match 2-1 going into singles, the Lions soon gained a 4-3 lead after the first four matches. McDonald and Keefe were dominating in their matches, each registering 6-1, 6-0 wins. Following a defeat at No. 3 singles, Schifano turned back Gail at No. 4 singles, 6-3, 6-0.
With the match still in question, Chloe Andersson gave Saint Leo their fifth point with a thrilling three-set win over Kelly Kulvoda at No. 5 singles. After winning the first portion 6-3, Andersson dropped a second set tiebreaker 7-6 (7-3). The final set went back and forth as the pair exchanged points, eventually forcing the second consecutive tiebreaker. In the tiebreaker, Andersson battled back from a multiple point deficit to win 7-6 (7-3).
Bustard sealed the deal at No. 6 singles, winning her match 2-1. Bustard opened the contest by defeating her opponent 6-4. Chelsie McGraw reversed that decision in set two, winning by the identical score and setting up a deciding third set. In the clincher, Bustard rallied from behind to win final rally, 6-4.
The Lions return to the court on Tuesday, March 2 at the Saint Leo Tennis Center against the University of Tampa. The conference contest is set to begin at 3:00 p.m.