No. 2 Saint Leo Advances to SSC Championship Match after 5-3 Win over No. 3 Lynn

BOCA RATON, Fla. – The seventh-ranked Saint Leo women's tennis team repeated a feat that had never been done before this season as the No. 2 seeded Lions defeated No. 3 seed Lynn University 5-3 in the semifinal round of the Sunshine State Conference Championships from South County Regional Park on Friday afternoon.  The Lions (17-4) move to the SSC Championship match where they will square off with No. 1 seed Barry for the conference title.

In a repeat of Thursday's quarterfinal round victory, the Lions took a 2-1 lead out of doubles play behind wins from the Emily Singleton/Laura Kemkes duo at No. 2 and Coralie Pesenti/Adrianna Daszkiewicz at No. 3.  Only the third-ranked tandem from Lynn (15-4) sent the Fighting Knights into singles play with a point under their belts.

With each of the six singles flights being hotly contested, wins by Daszkiewicz, Singleton and Maria Benkirane in their respective individual play gave the Lions the necessary five points for the match win and a shot at the Buccaneers in the title game.

With the thrilling victory over Lynn for only the second time in program history, the Lions will advance for a rematch with No. 1 seed Barry University on Saturday morning. The two teams met earlier in the season at the Buccaneer Tennis Center in Miami Shores with the Bucs pulling off the sweep.  The match is scheduled to get underway at 9 a.m. 

#7 Saint Leo 5, #8 Lynn University 3
04/19/13 at Boca Raton, Fla. (South County Regional Park) 

Singles competition
1. #4 Val Confalonieri (LUW) def. #37 Coralie Pesenti (SLW) 6-1, 6-1
2. #13 Ioana Ivan (LUW) def. Pauline Helgesson (SLW) 6-1, 6-4
3. Adrianna Daszkiewicz (SLW) def. Kim Przeszlowski (LUW) 6-4, retired
4. Maria Benkirane (SLW) def. Alina Jane (LUW) 6-4, 6-2
5. Emily Singleton (SLW) def. Andrea Berkova (LUW) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
6. Phoebe Di Leo (SLW) vs. Aleks Vukadinovic (LUW) 7-6, 1-6, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. #3 Val Confalonieri/Ioana Ivan (LUW) def. Maria Benkirane/Pauline Helgesson (SLW) 8-1
2. Emily Singleton/Laura Kemkes (SLW) def. Kim Przeszlowski/Aleks Vukadinovic (LUW) 8-0
3. Coralie Pesenti/Adrianna Daszkiewicz (SLW) def. Alina Jane/Andrea Berkova (LUW) 8-5
Match Notes
Lynn University 15-4; National ranking #8; Regional ranking #2
Saint Leo 17-4; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,3,2,4,5)
SSC Women's Tennis Championship Semifinal (3/6 Winner vs. 2/7 Winner)