WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 6, 2017) – The Tars staged a massive comeback, at Bert Martin Tennis Complex, to upend the Tampa Spartans, 5-4. Rollins trailed 3-0 after doubles play, and lost the first match of singles play, but won the remaining five matches to capture the win, improving to 9-9 on the year and 4-4 in Sunshine State Conference play. Tampa falls to 7-7 in 2017, and sits at 2-6 in conference action.
The Tars struggled to answer the opening bell, dropping all three doubles matches. The Tars had not lost a doubles match in their previous four contests, going 12-0, prior to Thursday.
The Spartans solidified their lead, capturing a win in the fifth position of singles play to move their lead to 4-0. The Tars, however, responded. Fabiana Vitanza cruised home in the first position to put Rollins on the board, posting a 6-4, 6-2 win over Caroline Lozo. Shannon Etten scored a straight sets victory over Emily Hewland 7-5, 6-0. Alexandra Borg brought the Tars within a point at 4-3, besting her opponent 6-1, 6-2, in the fourth position. Both the matches in the third and sixth spots would go to a third set. Carlye Goldman took the third position win over Lily Nice, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, evening the score at 4-4. Teresa Kaiser got to play the hero, recovering from a first set loss to capture the victory for the Tars with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win.
The Tars will look to maintain their momentum as they head into their final regular season contest of 2017. The Florida Tech Panthers are scheduled to visit Winter Park on Tuesday, April 11, with first serve set for 4 p.m.