April 30, 2013

No. 7 Women’s Tennis Season Ends with Region Finals Loss to No. 9 West Florida

SAINT LEO, Fla. - The No. 7 Saint Leo University women's tennis season came to an end in the NCAA South Region 2 Championship as the Lions fell to ninth-ranked University of West Florida 5-0 from the Saint Leo Tennis Center on Tuesday afternoon.  The visiting Argonauts advance to the National Championships in Surprise, Ariz. while the Lions end their season 18-6 and finish in the Region's final.

West Florida (21-6) dominated through doubles Nos. 1 and 3, but at No. 2 Emily Singleton and Laura Kemkes rallied from 7-4 down to take an 8-7 lead.  The UWF sister tandem of Luiza Sonnervig and Mariana Sonnervig refocused to send the final doubles matchup into a seven-point tiebreak.  Falling behind early, the Lions duo could not manage another rally in the tiebreak and West Florida took a 3-0 lead into singles play.

Trying to hold off the nation's ninth-ranked team from winning two flights in singles proved to be too much as Nos. 1 and 2 singles earned the wins to seal the match.  Despite the 5-0 final, the Lions held the advantage in at least three of the remaining flights.

Despite the loss, Saint Leo finishes with another NCAA Tournament trip under their collective belt while the Lions look to finish in the top 10 in the ITA standings after the year has concluded.  The Lions also hosted their first regional in the program's history.

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#9 West Florida 5, #7 Saint Leo 0
04/30/13 at Saint Leo, Fla. (Saint Leo Tennis Center) 

Singles competition
1. Monika Kochanova (UWF) def. Coralie Pesenti (SLW) 6-0, 6-0
2. Luiza Sonnervig (UWF) def. Pauline Helgesson (SLW) 6-4, 6-1
3. Adrianna Daszkiewicz (SLW) vs. Nina Bubelova (UWF) 6-1, 2-6, unfinished
4. Maria Benkirane (SLW) vs. Mariana Sonnervig (UWF) 6-1, 2-6, unfinished
5. Emily Singleton (SLW) vs. Giovana Patitucci (UWF) 6-2, 5-4, unfinished
6. Phoebe Di Leo (SLW) vs. Fernanda Amaral (UWF) 4-6, 2-5, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Monika Kochanova/Giovana Patitucci (UWF) def. Maria Benkirane/Pauline Helgesson (SLW) 8-3
2. Luiza Sonnervig/Mariana Sonnervig (UWF) def. Emily Singleton/Laura Kemkes (SLW) 9-8 (7-4)
3. Nina Bubelova/Fernanda Amaral (UWF) def. Coralie Pesenti/Adrianna Daszkiewicz (SLW) 8-2
Match Notes
West Florida 20-6; National ranking #9; Regional ranking #5
Saint Leo 18-5; National ranking #7; Regional ranking #2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,2)
NCAA South Region 2 Championship Match