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Saint Leo Athletics | February 25, 2014

Saint Leo breaks skid, beats Tampa

SAINT LEO, Fla. -- Eighth-ranked Saint Leo took five of six singles slots en route to a 7-2 victory against 22nd-ranked Tampa on Monday afternoon at the Saint Leo Tennis Complex.

The win pulls the Lions even on the season with a mark of 3-3, while the Spartans drop to a record of 2-4.

The Green and Gold led after doubles 2-1 thanks to wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 slots. Laura Kemkes and Pauline Helgesson defeated Viviana Tedino and Jenelle Morgan 8-2 at No. 2, before Adrianna Daszkiewicz and Maria Benkirane took down Kelsey Matthews and Katherine Pyne 8-5.

Tampa picked up a victory at No. 1 doubles thanks to the 22nd-ranked tandem of Meg Wladimirski and Lauren Hewett defeating Paula Montoya and Anastasia Wagner 8-4.

The Lions rolled through singles action, earning five of the six singles slots, and defaulting on the final flight for Tampa's lone singles victory of the day.

Wagner made easy work of No. 39 Wladimirski 6-0, 6-0 at the top singles slot, followed by Coralie Pesenti earning a quick 6-0, 6-3 win against Hewett in the second position.

Kemkes breezed to a two-set 6-1, 6-1 victory against Tedino at No. 3 singles, while Helgesson took down Pyne at No. 5 7-5, 6-1.  Montoya grabbed the final Saint Leo victory of the day with a 6-1, 6-1 decision against Morgan, while Benkirane defaulted to Kelsey Matthews at No. 4 singles to close out the day.

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