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No. 8 Tars Score Big Conference Win over No. 23 Mocs
Courtesy: Rollins Athletics  
Release: 02/18/2012

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LAKELAND, Fla. (February 18, 2012) - Rollins scored four big points in singles to clinch the victory as eighth-ranked Rollins picked up a 6-3 win over 23rd-ranked Florida Southern Saturday.

Rollins (3-2, 1-1 SSC) earned a 2-1 lead after doubles play.

Jason Alabaster and Lucas Jovita teamed to down Jorge Gutierrez and Ivan Marevic 9-7 in the top flight while Malte Christesen and Jeff Morris took Charles Garneau and Nathan Leavitt 8-5 at No. 3.

The Tars were their usual tough selves atop the singles draw, but won with a pair of hard fought wins at five and six.

Top-ranked Jovita won 6-1, 6-3 over Benoit Paradis at No. 1 while 11th-ranked Morris cruised past Emanuel Lueber 6-0, 6-3 at No. 2.

Constantin Sturdza took Gutierrez 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 5 match and Alabaster scored a 1-6, 7-5, 6-0 win at No. 6.

Rollins will be back on the courts Wednesday, Feb. 22 at home against Florida Tech.

 Tennis Match Results
Rollins vs Florida Southern
02/18/12 at Lakeland, FL
(Beerman Tennis Courts)

#8 Rollins 6, #23 Florida Southern 3

 Singles competition
1. #1 Lucas Jovita (RC) def. Benoit Paradis (FSM) 6-1, 6-3
2. #11 Jeff Morris (RC) def. Emanuel Lueber (FSM) 6-0, 6-3
3. Ivan Marevic (FSM) def. Malte Christesen (RC) 6-3, 6-3
4. Nathan Leavitt (FSM) def. Ari Davis (RC) 6-1, 6-2
5. Constantin Sturdza (RC) def. Jorge Gutierrez (FSM) 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
6. Jason Alabaster (RC) def. Robbie Palmiotto (FSM) 1-6, 7-5, 6-0

 Doubles competition
1. Jason Alabaster/Lucas Jovita (RC) def. Jorge Gutierrez/Ivan Marevic (FSM) 9-7
2. Carl Lundberg/Benoit Paradis (FSM) def. Ari Davis/Constantin Sturdza (RC) 9-7
3. Malte Christesen/Jeff Morris (RC) def. Charles Garneau/Nathan Leavitt (FSM) 8-5

Match Notes:
Rollins 2-3, 1-1; National ranking #8; Regional ranking #5
Florida Southern 0-4, 0-2; National ranking #23; Regional ranking #7
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,2,1,4,6,5)

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