Saint Leo makes history with first ever ITA Regional Champion

Saint Leo makes history with first ever ITA Regional Champion

MOBILE, Ala. - The 2015 USTA/ITA Division II South Region Championships were not without drama on championship match Monday. However, despite all the drama, the Saint Leo women's tennis program made history with the first ever 2015 USTA/ITA Division II South Region champion as newcomer Natalia Siedliska defeated Anaeve Pain of Barry University.

Down three points to open the first set, Siedliska bounced back and took the opening set, 7-6. She then went on to dominate the second set, and wrapped up the championship with a 6-3 win.

Siedliska is now headed to the ITA National Small College Championships in Sumter, S.C. from October 15-18.

"I'm really proud to have been a part of the first Regional champion in Saint Leo history," said head coach Chris Frusci. "Big credit to Anaeve (Pain) for pushing Natalia in the finals. She played great today, but Natalia elevated her level on important points. For Natalia to be down 4-1 in the first set and come back was huge. At that point, we told her to change up the rhythm of her shots and give more variety. This combined with her serving well seemed to make the difference. Now we are looking forward to Nationals in two weeks."

Weather dominated the day as both the men's and women's championship matches were scheduled to play at 9 a.m. in Pensacola, Fla., but both matches had to make alterative accommodations.

Siedliska and Pain had to move to in Mobile, Alabama, Mobile Tennis Center.

The men's championship between Saint Leo's Alberto Barroso-Campos and Anton Rettink of Rollins College, has been rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 1 on the campus of Rollins College.

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