SAINT LEO, Fla. – The Saint Leo women’s tennis team (5-7) won a back-and-forth decision against non-conference opponent Michigan Tech (4-2) 5-4, Sunday afternoon from the Saint Leo Tennis Center.
The Lions opened up the match winning two-of-three doubles contests. Still, the Huskies battled back, eclipsing the Lions in the first three singles matches. Despite the late charge, SLU regrouped and rallied-off the final three singles matches to claim the team victory.
The No. 1 doubles tandem of Jeanette McDonald and Shaena Keefe gave the Lions their first point of the afternoon, defeating their opponents 8-5. The No. 3 doubles pair of Caroline Ebner and Tamara Bustard the squad rebound from a loss at No. 2 double by winning their match 8-5.
The Lions took a two-to-one lead going into singles play, but soon fell victim to opportunistic Tech team which snatched victory in the first three singles matches. McDonald fell 6-1, 7-5 at No. 1 singles and Keefe dropped a three-set thriller, 4-6,6-4, 6-2.
Clyne also dropped her match at No. 3 singles in very close, straight-sets 7-5, 7-6.
But it was at the No. 4 spot where Saint Leo began their comeback trek. Schifano began the turnaround with a straight-sets victory over Stoll, 6-3, 6-0. Chloe Andersson replaced Ebner at No. 5 singles. The late switch proved to be a worthwhile won as Andersson allowed her opponent to score just two points all match, winning 6-2, 6-0.
Bustard then competed in one of the most exciting matches of the day, as her match proved to be the deciding contest. Both Bustard and Uganski went point-for-point in the first set, but it was Bustard who endured and claimed the 7-6 win. The win swung all the momentum over to the Lions’ bunch as Bustard out-paced her challenger to complete the two-set sweep.
It marks the Lions fourth consecutive win.
Saint Leo will look to make it five in a row against non-conference foe Bentley on Wednesday, March 10. First serve is set for 3:00 p.m.