Tennis wraps up day one at the ITA South Region Championship

Tennis wraps up day one at the ITA South Region Championship

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Saint Leo tennis program wrapped up day one of the 2016 Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Championships, hosted by Florida Southern, on Friday evening.

Saint Leo women's tennis saw Marine Beugre-Guyot go 1-0 on the day, and advance to the third round following a first-round bye and a win over Maud Mrad, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). She will face Amina Mukhametskina on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Anastasia Wagner finished 2-0, opening with a win over Florida Tech's Alahna Reto, 6-2, 6-3. In her second round match, she took down Embry-Riddle's Georgina Wood, 6-1, 6-0. On Saturday, she will take down the No. 2 seed in the tournament Diana Bogoli from Lynn at 10 a.m.

Madeline Gauthier finished 0-1 after an opening round loss to Carlye Goldman of Rollins, 6-1, 6-0. In the consolation bracket, Gauthier received a bye and will play Alexis Marshall from ERAU at 12 p.m. on Saturday. Katherine Zaatini went 0-2 following an opening round loss to Valdosta State's Daniella Barta, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, and then in the first round of consolation, she fell to Georgina Morral, 6-4, 6-2.

In doubles play, Zaatini and Wagner paired up to win over Debruyn and Vitanzan from Rollins, 8-2. They will play a duo from West Florida at 8:30 a.m. Beugre-Guyot and Gauthier downed Eckerd's Aaron and Mors, 8-1, and will play Hejlova and Stemmer from Lynn at 8:30 a.m.

On the men's side, Charles Benet will be the only Lion playing on Saturday as he took down Robert Vasquez in the first round of consolation, 6-2, 6-0, to move on. He will face Pedro Dumon from UWF on Saturday.

Jaime Bueno and Chadi Omeis opened with wins in the first round. Bueno topped Rafael Lenz from Palm Beach Atlantic, 6-1, 6-2, before falling to Embry-Riddle's Juan Couder, 6-2, 3-0, ret. Omeis topped Matt Spasic from EC, 6-4, 6-2, before falling to Pierre Montrieul, 6-2, 6-2.

James Defusto fell to Connor Masella from EC, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4), 2-1, ret. Following the retirement, Defusto bowed out of his consolation match.

In doubles action, Oskar Nurmio and Bueno teamed up to take an 8-4 win over Menndieta and Terron from Auburn-Montgomery. On Saturday, they will face Albitar and Melaoui from Rollins. Defusto and Omeis also added a win, 8-5, over Bell and Soderlund from Florida Southern.

The Lions return to action bright and early on Saturday morning.