March 20, 2014

Condensed No. 8 Saint Leo Squad Takes Down Both Bloomsburg and Slippery Rock

Lions Win Two Matches on Second Day of Spring Break Trip despite Fewer Players

HILTON HEAD, S.C. – Despite being down a few players, the No. 8 Saint Leo women's tennis team took home two victories on the second day of their spring break trip in Hilton Head, S.C.  The Lions defeated Bloomsburg University, 6-3 on Thursday morning, and continued on to earn a 5-4 win over Slippery Rock later in the day.  The two wins advances the Lions overall mark to 11-3, and marks nine straight wins for the Green and Gold.

Against Bloomsburg (1-3), the Lions took two doubles slots, and defaulted to the Huskies in the third to enter singles play up, 2-1. 

The No. 1 slotted duo of Laura Kemkes and Pauline Helgesson defeated Maddie Graziani and Caitlin Flynn, 8-2, while Maria Benkirane and Coralie Pesenti earned an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles by defeating Natalie Greenholt and Aida Diop.

The Lions defaulted at No. 3 doubles, giving the win to Alyssa Liples and Erin Reitenauer.

Saint Leo relinquished two singles positions from the beginning, giving up the No. 5 and 6 slots to Bloomsburg due to its condensed roster.  Despite the lesser roster, the Lions swept the remaining four slots, beginning with Pesenti earning a 6-3, 6-3 win over Graziani at the No. 1 flight.

Kemkes defeated Diop at the No. 2 position, 6-2, 6-1, while Benkirane picked up a quick 6-0, 6-0 victory over Flynn at No. 3 singles.  Adrianna Daszkiewicz closed up shop at the No. 4 spot, defeating Reitenauer 6-0, 6-1 to secure the Lions' first win of the day.

Saint Leo continued on later in the day to earn a 5-4 victory over Slippery Rock University (4-4).

The Lions once again won two-of-three doubles slots, defaulting the third due to an abbreviated roster.  Kemkes and Helgesson took home the No. 1 doubles slot, defeating Nikolina Grbac and Sarah Joumond, 8-4, while Benkirane and Pesenti earned an 8-3 win over Lauren Coggins and Stephanie Fortier at No. 2 doubles.

Grbac took the win at No. 1 singles, defeating Pesenti 6-2, 6-3, but the Lions took the second flight as Kemkes earned a 6-0, 6-3 win over Joumond.  Benkirane made easy work of Coggins at the No. 3 slot, 6-0, 6-1, while Daszkiewicz wrapped things up at the No. 4 spot with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Fortier.

Saint Leo defaulted the No. 5 and 6 singles slots to Slippery Rock, giving the SRU two wins in singles play.

The Lions return to action on Friday, March 21, when they take on Millersville on the final day of their spring break trip in Hilton Head, S.C.

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