No. 7 Lions Pick up Doubles Sweep in Rain-Shortened Match with No. 39 West Virginia St.

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The seventh-ranked Saint Leo women's tennis team saw Mother Nature prevent it from claiming its seventh consecutive victory on Sunday afternoon in a rain-shortened contest against No. 39 West Virginia State.

With only the doubles decisions counting, the No. 1 doubles duo of Pauline Helgesson and Maria Benkirane claimed an 8-2 win while the No. 3 pair of Coralie Pesenti and Adrianna Daszkiewicz wrapped up an 8-1 win to put the Lions up 2-0.

With the weather bearing down, the Lions' (13-2) No. 2 doubles tandem of Emily Singleton and Phoebe Di Leo pulled out a close 8-5 win to give the Lions the doubles sweep.

Early into singles play, the weather began to move into the area and play was suspended an hour and 45 minutes into the match.  The severe weather that moved through the area meant the match would go final after doubles play with only individual results counting.

The Lions now turn their attention to Sunshine State Conference action when they face No. 19 Rollins College on Wednesday.  The match is scheduled to get underway at 3:00 p.m. in Winter Park.

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#7 Saint Leo 0, #39 West Va. St. 0 [Suspended]
03/24/13 at Saint Leo, Fla. (Saint Leo Tennis Center) 

Singles competition
1. Coralie Pesenti (SLW) vs. Brittany Franco (WVST) 2-2, unfinished
2. Pauline Helgesson (SLW) vs. Andrea Slusarciuc (WVST) 4-0, unfinished
3. Adrianna Daszkiewicz (SLW) vs. Diana Cotoros (WVST) 5-0, unfinished
4. Maria Benkirane (SLW) vs. Cora Berna (WVST) 4-1, unfinished
5. Emily Singleton (SLW) vs. Jordan Kerns (WVST) 6-0, 0-0, unfinished
6. Phoebe Di Leo (SLW) vs. Charlotte Sandy (WVST) 4-1, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Pauline Helgesson/Maria Benkirane (SLW) def. Brittany Franco/Andrea Slusarciuc (WVST) 8-2
2. Emily Singleton/Phoebe Di Leo (SLW) def. Cora Berna/Diana Cotoros (WVST) 8-5
3. Coralie Pesenti/Adrianna Daszkiewicz (SLW) def. Jordan Kerns/Charlotte Sandy (WVST) 8-1
Match Notes
West Va. St. 15-2; National ranking #39
Saint Leo 12-2; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #2
Play suspended at 1:45pm due to weather