April 14, 2012

No.15 Women’s Tennis Nipped by NAIA’s Embry-Riddle

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The no.15-ranked Saint Leo women's tennis team, in the midst of a seven-match winning streak, fell to the no.2-ranked Embry-Riddle Eagles, 5-2, Saturday afternoon from the Saint Leo Tennis Center.

The match was the final regular season contest for the Lions and also marked the final home competitions for seniors Jeanette McDonald and Selma Hidass.

The Eagles, a perennial national championship contender at the NAIA level, used a doubles sweep of the Lions to propel them to the victory.

The Lions drew close to the Eagles in doubles and both top and three-flight doubles were on the wrong end of 8-5 decisions. Still, the Lions were able to mount a comeback in the singles session as both Emily Singleton and Maria Benkirane were able to collect wins at the no.2 and no.4 spots, respectively.

Singleton, ranked no.25 in the country, posted a convincing defeat of no.5 Rocio Frej Vitalle, 7-5, 6-0. Meanwhile, Benkirane left no doubt in her decision with Kristina Marova, 6-2, 6-1.

The women, who finished third in the Sunshine State Conference, will now begin preparations for the SSC Tournament which is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 19, in Lakeland, Fla. Florida Southern College will act as host for the tournament. Opponents and times are yet to be determined.

For more on the nationally-ranked women's team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.