SAINT LEO, Fla. – The No.28-ranked Saint Leo women’s tennis (1-1) and head coach James Bryce claimed their first win of the season Saturday afternoon, upending the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish (0-2) 6-3, from the SLU Tennis Center.
After being blanked in their first go-around this year, the Lions used four singles victories and two doubles wins, to help register Bryce’s first win as the Lions new head coach.
At No.1 singles, Jeanette McDonald found herself in a back and forth contest with Lina Rubiano. After McDonald took control of the match with a 6-3 first set, Rubiano answered with a 7-5 second set win. Schifano, with no room for error in the third set, bolted past her opponent 6-1, to aid in the Lions winning efforts. Shaena Keefe found herself in equally as difficult a match. Racing out to 6-3 first set triumph, Natalie Aleman evened the match one apiece. Keefe regained her composure, however, and equaled her first set output.
Gina Schifano’s performance was also solid for the Lions. After getting blanked in the first set 6-0, the senior refused to be denied her chance at victory racing back to win the match while posting set wins of 6-2, 6-2. Most impressive was the play of Selma Hidass as she refused to give her opponent any breathing room, defeating her in straight sets, 6-1, 6-2.
Even in loss, Saint Leo was valiant in their efforts. Christine Clyne dropped a 6-4, 6-2 contest at No.5-singles. And it took the super tiebreaker for Krishna Domenech to defeat Chloe Andersson 6-4, 4-6, 10-8.
The Lions continued their excellent play doubles action. At No. 1, Keefe and McDonald solidified the match for SLU with a notable 8-4 win over Rubiano and Aleman. Hidass and Schifano put the finishing touches on the win by edging the Sailfish pair of Braaten and Trotter at No.2 doubles.
The Lions waste no time in attempting to pick up win number two on the season, as they travel to St. Augustine, Fla. on Sunday, February 7th to take on No.46-ranked Flagler College. First serve for the Lions and Saints is set for 2:00 p.m. on the Flagler campus. It marks another revenge match for Saint Leo, as the Lions dropped a 6-3 decision to the Saints on their home court last season.