No. 8 Women’s Tennis Unseats No. 7 West Florida, 6-3

No. 8 Women’s Tennis Unseats No. 7 West Florida, 6-3

Lions Hand Argonauts First Loss of the Season

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The eighth-ranked Saint Leo women's tennis team took down the seventh-ranked West Florida Argonauts by a score of 6-3 on Saturday afternoon at the Saint Leo Tennis Center.  The win advances the Lions to 6-3 on the season, while West Florida drops its first match of the season and falls to a mark of 8-1.

The Lions found themselves leading 2-1 after doubles play, thanks to wins at the No. 2 and 3 slots.  The Tandem of Laura Kemkes and Pauline Helgesson defeated Kat Kikosavljevic and Giovana Patitucci, 8-2 at the No. 2 spot, while Maria Benkirane and Adrianna Daskiewicz took down Nina Bubelova and Fernanda Amaral, 8-3.

No. 1 doubles was taken by the UWF duo of Monika Kochanova and Laure-Eline Faure, 8-3, over Paula Montoya and Anastasia Wagner.

Singles play saw the Lions take four of six flights en route to their sixth win of the season.  No. 20 Kochanova defeated Coralie Pesenti, 6-3, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, but Wagner picked up a hard fought win at the No. 2 position over Faure, 7-6 (12-10), 6-4.

Kemkes earned the win at No. 3 singles over Bubelova, 6-0, 6-2, while Benkirane fought back after falling in the first set to Dikosavljevic, 2-6, to take the final two sets 6-4, 6-2, to win at the No. 4 position.

Amaral defeated Helgesson after a drawn out fight at No. 5 singles.  Helgesson took the first set 6-4,  but Amaral bounced back to win the next set 7-6 (7-2), before taking the final set 10-7.  Daszkiewicz rounded out singles action with a win over Sarai Flores at No. 6 singles, 6-4, 6-2.

The Saint Leo women's tennis team returns to action on Wednesday, March 12, when they host Saint Mary's (Texas), at the Saint Leo Tennis Center.  Match time is slated for 3 p.m.

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