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Saint Leo Athletics | March 20, 2014

St. Leo wins two despite short roster

HILTON HEAD, S.C. -- Despite being down a few players, Saint Leo took home two victories on the second day of its spring break trip. The Lions defeated Bloomsburg 6-3 on Thursday morning, and continued on to earn a 5-4 win versus Slippery Rock later in the day. The two wins advances the Lions overall mark to 11-3, and marks nine consecutive wins for the Green and Gold.

Against Bloomsburg (1-3), the Lions took two doubles slots, and defaulted to the Huskies in the third to enter singles play up 2-1.

The No. 1 slotted duo of Laura Kemkes and Pauline Helgesson defeated Maddie Graziani and Caitlin Flynn 8-2, while Maria Benkirane and Coralie Pesenti earned an 8-1 victory at No. 2 doubles by defeating Natalie Greenholt and Aida Diop.

The Lions defaulted at No. 3 doubles, giving the win to Alyssa Liples and Erin Reitenauer.

Saint Leo relinquished two singles positions from the beginning, giving up the No. 5 and 6 slots to Bloomsburg due to its condensed roster. Despite the lesser roster, the Lions swept the remaining four slots, beginning with Pesenti earning a 6-3, 6-3 win versus Graziani at the No. 1 flight.

Kemkes defeated Diop at the No. 2 position 6-2, 6-1 while Benkirane picked up a quick 6-0, 6-0 victory versus Flynn at No. 3 singles. Adrianna Daszkiewicz closed up shop at the No. 4 spot, defeating Reitenauer 6-0, 6-1 to secure the Lions' first win of the day.

Saint Leo continued on later in the day to earn a 5-4 victory against Slippery Rock (4-4).

The Lions once again won two-of-three doubles slots, defaulting the third due to an abbreviated roster. Kemkes and Helgesson took home the No. 1 doubles slot, defeating Nikolina Grbac and Sarah Joumond 8-4 while Benkirane and Pesenti earned an 8-3 win against Lauren Coggins and Stephanie Fortier at No. 2 doubles.

Grbac took the win at No. 1 singles, defeating Pesenti 6-2, 6-3, but the Lions took the second flight as Kemkes earned a 6-0, 6-3 win versus Joumond. Benkirane made easy work of Coggins at the No. 3 slot, 6-0, 6-1, while Daszkiewicz wrapped things up at the No. 4 spot with a 6-3, 6-1 win against Fortier.

Saint Leo defaulted the No. 5 and 6 singles slots to Slippery Rock, giving the SRU two wins in singles play.

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