May 16, 2014

And Then There Were Four: Saint Leo Women's Tennis Ready for NCAA Semifinals

No. 6 Saint Leo to Square Off Against No. 2 Armstrong on Friday

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SAINT LEO, Fla. - Continuing its historic post-season run, the sixth-ranked Saint Leo women's tennis team took down the 12th-ranked California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans by a final score of 5-2 on Thursday morning at Sanlando Park in the NCAA DII Women's Tennis National Quarterfinals.  Saint Leo advances its record to 22-5 on the season, and become the first team to advance to a national semifinal round in school history.

Saint Leo returns to action on Friday when they take on No. 2 Armstrong Atlantic State University at Sanlando Park.  The two-time defending national champions earned their 11th-straight berth into the national semifinals earlier Thursday morning with a 5-0 win over NYIT.  The last time out between the two teams was on February 22, 2014, where Armstrong handed the Lions a 9-0 loss at the Saint Leo Tennis Center.

The Saint Leo/Armstrong match was the Lions' fifth of the season, and since then the Green and Gold has posted a record of 20-2, including wins over 15 nationally ranked NCAA teams in that run.  The Lions have won eight of their last nine matches, with their only loss in that run coming at the hands of No. 1 Barry in the SSC Championship on April 26.

Saint Leo has also bounced two of the top five teams out of the Tournament, beginning with a 5-3 win over No. 4 Lynn in the South Region II Finals on May 6, and Wednesday's 5-4 victory over No. 3 BYU-Hawaii on May 14.  Next on the docket, is the No. 2-ranked Pirates.

Friday's match is currently slated for 9 a.m. at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs.  In case of weather delays, follow the Lions on Twitter of live coverage of the match.

For the latest news, updates, and information on the Saint Leo women's tennis team in their historic post-season journey, be sure to visit SaintLeoLions.com.  Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest Lions news by following Saint Leo Athletics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube.