No. 8 Lions Take Down NAIA No. 6 Embry-Riddle, 6-3

No. 8 Lions Take Down NAIA No. 6 Embry-Riddle, 6-3

Lions Earn 13th Win of the Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The eighth-ranked Saint Leo women's tennis team took down the NAIA No. 6 Embry-Riddle Eagles on Wednesday afternoon by a final score of 6-3 at the Crotty Tennix Complex.  The win advances Saint Leo to a mark of 13-3 on the season, while Embry-Riddle drops to a record of 7-5.

The Eagles got an early two points when the Lions defaulted at No. 6 doubles and No. 3 singles.  The No. 1 doubles team Laura Kemkes and Pauline Helgesson took down the ERAU tandem of Kristina Marova and Hui-I Huang, 8-5.  Maria Benkirane and Anastasia Wagner followed suit, defeating the Eagles' second flight tandem of Anna Gotz and Paola Montero, 8-2 to finish doubles competition.

Coralie Pesenti kept the Lions' moving in the right direction, defeating Hui-I Huang 6-1, 2-6, 6-1, followed by Kemkes who took down Gotz, 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.

Benkirane defeated Marova, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2, in the third flight, but Wagner retired in the fourth seed, giving Paula Ortiz the win.

Pauline Helgesson picked up a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Meena Bennett at the No. 5 position to wrap up the day for Saint Leo.

The Saint Leo women's tennis team returns to action on Saturday, March 29, when they travel to Melbourne, Fla. to take on Florida Tech in Sunshine State Conference action.  For more information, fans can visit

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