SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s tennis team (1-3) fell to Embry-Riddle University (2-0) by the score of 8-1, Wednesday evening from the SLU Tennis Center in non-conference action.

Multiple Lions found themselves in tight matches, but only the pair of Shaena Keefe and Jeanette McDonald registered the win for the Green & Gold.

In singles action, the Lions dropped each of their matches. Despite not posting a win, the Lions brass challenged the Eagles, pushing them to the brink in multiple sets.

At No.1 singles, McDonald fought through a first set setback to win 7-6 in the second set. Unfortunately, the Spring Hill, Fla. native could not keep up in the super tiebreaker falling 10-6. Newcomer Hannah Beard also provided her opponent a tough challenge, as she was edged 8-7 (7-3) in her match. This marked the first match of the season for the former soccer All-American and she showed no signs of rust, exchanging points at No. 6 singles.

The Lions impressed even more in doubles action. At No.1, the tandem of McDonald and Keefe ousted their opposition in impressive fashion doing so by the score of 8-6. Gina Schifano and Christine Clyne fell 8-2 before Chloe Andersson and Hannah Beard pushed their challengers to the brink of defeat before dropping their match 8-5.

On the game, “The score doesn’t give justice to how well our girls played,” said Head Coach James Bryce. “ It was by far our best performance all season. We built points and remained poised even after facing steep deficits.”

The Lions will return to the court on Thursday, February 11th when they take on the Rollins College Tars from the Bert W. Martin Tennis Complex and Copeland Tennis Stadium in Winter Park, Fla. First serve is set for 3:30 p.m.