SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's tennis team (14-4, 3-3 SSC) won its fifth consecutive match as they downed the No.19-ranked Florida Southern College Moccasins (8-8, 2-4 SSC), 6-3, in Sunshine State Conference action Thursday afternoon from the Saint Leo Tennis Center. The win marks the first time Saint Leo has defeated Florida Southern on the women's side in program history, with the first match coming in 1976. The win snaps a 71-match win streak for the Mocs.
"I was proud of the ladies today," said Head Coach James Bryce. "We started out well in doubles and kept that momentum going in singles. That's critical when trying to beat a good team like Florida Southern."
The Lions paced the match early with a doubles sweep, before seeing wins out of three and four singles to solidify the key conference match.
After beginning the doubles sessions with an 8-4 win from Adrianna Daszkiewicz and Jeanette McDonald at No.2 doubles, the Lions No.8th-ranked doubles tandem of Laura Kemkes and Emily Singleton bounced Dominguez and Wichmann, 8-4. The three-flight tandem of Maria Benkirane and Selma Hidass put the exclamation point on the session as they turned back Spagnuolo and Nunnemann, 8-6.
The Lions closed the door on the Mocs in singles action as McDonald and Daszkiewicz put together back-to-back wins. McDonald collected an impressive 6-3, 6-1 victory, while Daszkiewicz solidified the match with a hard-fought, straight-sets triumph over Dominguez, 6-3, 6-5.
Benkirane added an insurance point with an overwhelming 6-0, 6-1 win over Spagnuolo.
The Lions will return to action on Saturday, March 31, as they host regional foe New Orleans. Doubles is set to begin at 10 a.m. from the Saint Leo Tennis Center.
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