LAKELAND, Fla. (April 22, 2012) - Rollins held a 3-0 lead, but needed senior Kayli Ragsdale to win the final match of the day as the 12th-ranked Tars beat 15th-ranked Saint Leo 5-4 in the Florida Blue Sunshine State Conference Tournament third place match Sunday.
The win puts Rollins at 13-10 on the year while the Lions fall to 17-7. The match was originally scheduled for Saturday morning, but rain throughout the tournament forced it to late Sunday at the Beerman Tennis Complex in Lakeland.
In the top flight, Ragsdale and Lisa Loft engineered a 9-7 upset victory over eighth-ranked Laura Kemkes and Emily Singleton. Ashley Rosenberg and Mariana Salvador completed the sweep with a 9-8(6) win over Adriana Daszkiewicz and Jeanette McDonald at No. 3.
The Lions came charging back in singles, winning three quick matches to knot the score at 3-3.
Salvador fell to Daszkiewicz 6-2, 6-0 at No. 3, DeCampli lost to Benkirane 6-0, 6-2 at No 5 and 46th-ranked Loft dropped a 6-0, 6-2 decision to No. 13 Kemkes at No. 1.
Rosenberg gave Rollins its fourth point with a 6-2, 6-1 win over 25th-ranked Singleton in the No. 2 match. The Lions again tied the score as Whitlock fell in a three-set battle to McDonald at No. 5, 6-1, 6-7(2), 6-2.
It then came down to the No. 6 match that had Ragsdale take the first set 6-2 and Phoebe Di Leo win the second 5-7. The senior then put her opponent away early with a 6-4 win, giving the Tars third place in the SSC Tournament and momentum heading into the postseason.
Rollins will next await its place in the NCAA Division II National Tournament. The selection show is slated to air at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24 on NCAA.com.
Rollins vs Saint Leo
4/22/12 at Lakeland, Fla.
(Beerman Tennis Center)
#12 Rollins 5, #15 Saint Leo 4
1. #13 Laura Kemkes (SLW) def. #46 Lisa Loft (RC) 6-0, 6-2
2. Ashley Rosenberg (RC) def. #25 Emily Singleton (SLW) 6-2, 6-1
3. Adrianna Daszkiewicz (SLW) def. Mariana Salvador (RC) 6-2, 6-0
4. Jeanette McDonald (SLW) def. Callie Whitlock (RC) 6-1, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2
5. Maria Benkirane (SLW) def. Elissa DeCampli (RC) 6-0, 6-2
6. Kayli Ragsdale (RC) def. Phoebe Di Leo (SLW) 6-2, 5-7, 6-4
1. Kayli Ragsdale/Lisa Loft (RC) def. #8 Laura Kemkes/Emily Singleton (SLW) 9-7
2. Ashley Rosenberg/Mariana Salvador (RC) def. Adrianna Daszkiewicz/Jeanette McDonald (SLW) 9-8 (8-6)
3. Elissa DeCampli/Callie Whitlock (RC) def. Maria Benkirane/Selma Hidass (SLW) 8-5
Rollins 13-10; National ranking #12; Regional ranking #5
Saint Leo 17-7; National ranking #15; Regional ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,5,1,2,4,6)
Florida Blue SSC Championships
3rd Place Match