LAKELAND, Fla. – Magda Riutort and Sabine Goge combined to give Florida Southern all three of its points Wednesday against Saint Leo before the 7th-ranked Lions won the final three singles matches to defeat the 20th-ranked Moccasins, 6-3.
Saint Leo (9-2, 4-1 SSC) scored the first point of the match with a win at number two doubles behind Phoebe Di Leo and Emily Singleton before Riutort and Goge teamed up for an 8-4 win over Maria Benkirane and Pauline Helgesson at number one. Shortly thereafter, the Lions regained the lead behind their number three doubles team of Adrianna Daszkiewicz and Coralie Pesenti who posted an 8-4 win.
A 6-3, 6-2 win by No. 35 Goge at number two singles tied the team score at 2-2, and after the Lions re-gained the lead behind Daszkiewicz at #4, Riutort again tied it for the Moccasins with a 3-set win over Pesenti at the top flight.
With the match tied 3-3, Saint Leo was able to pull away behind its number six and number five singles players of Di Leo and Singleton respectively, who each won in straight sets. Benkirane then out-lasted Joalis Dominguez at number three, 6-7, 6-1, 7-5 to give the Lions their final point.
The Lions will return to the Saint Leo Tennis Center where they will face Wayne State on Friday. The match is scheduled to get underway at 2:00 p.m.
Portions courtesy of Tim Carpenter, Florida Southern Sports Information
#7 Saint Leo 6, #20 Florida Southern 3
03/06/13 at Lakeland, Fla. (Wynee Warden Tennis Center)
|1. #11 Magda Riutort (FSCW) def. Coralie Pesenti (SLW) 2-6, 6-0, 6-0|
|2. #35 Sabine Goge (FSCW) def. Pauline Helgesson (SLW) 6-3, 6-2|
|3. Maria Benkirane (SLW) def. Joalis Dominguez (FSCW) 6-7 (2-6), 6-1, 7-5|
|4. Adrianna Daszkiewicz (SLW) def. Laura Wichmann (FSCW) 6-2, 6-2|
|5. Emily Singleton (SLW) def. Victoria Spagnuolo (FSCW) 6-0, 6-2|
|6. Phoebe Di Leo (SLW) def. Pamela Paradis (FSCW) 6-2, 6-1|
|1. #12 Sabine Goge/Magda Riutort (FSCW) def. Maria Benkirane/Pauline Helgesson (SLW) 8-4|
|2. Phoebe Di Leo/Emily Singleton (SLW) def. Victoria Spagnuolo/Laura Wichmann (FSCW) 8-3|
|3. Adrianna Daszkiewicz/Coralie Pesenti (SLW) def. Joalis Dominguez/Olivia Spagnuolo (FSCW) 8-4|
|Saint Leo 9-2, 4-1 SSC; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #2|
|Florida Southern 2-5, 1-4 SSC; National ranking #20; Regional ranking #9|
|Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,4,1,6,5,3)|