WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 18, 2012) - Rollins, ranked 12th in Division II, enters the 2012 Florida Blue Sunshine State Conference Championship as the No. 4 seed and will meet No. 5 Nova Southeastern in the quarterfinals Thursday.
Barry University is serving as the tournament host at the Beerman Tennis Complex in Lakeland.
The Tars went 11-9 overall and 4-4 in SSC play during the season, using a three-match winning streak late in the season to get above .500. NSU upset Rollins earlier in the season, 5-4, in Winter Park. Conference wins came against Tampa, Saint Leo, Florida Tech and Eckerd.
Rollins started the season as the ninth-ranked team in Division II and have been hampered by injuries throughout. Lisa Loft enters the tournament as the 46th-ranked singles player in the nation playing in the top flight. Ashley Rosenberg moved up to the second-position and went 5-3 in conference play to also highlight the Tars season.
Fans can follow all the action through live stats on the Sunshine State Conference Championship page.
2012 FLORIDA BLUE SSC TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals - Thursday, April 19
(Men) No. 4 Saint Leo vs. No. 5 Florida Southern
(Men) No. 3 Barry vs. No. 6 Florida Tech
(Men) No. 2 Rollins vs. No. 7 Eckerd
(Women) No. 4 Rollins vs. No. 5 Nova Southeastern
(Women) No. 1 Barry vs. No. 8 Tampa
(Women) No. 3 Saint Leo vs. No. 6 Florida Tech
(Women) No. 2 Lynn vs. No. 7 Florida Southern
* The No. 1-seeded men's team received a quarterfinal bye.
Semifinals & Backdraw - Friday, April 20
Men's Semifinal: No. 1 vs. Winner No. 4/5
Men's Semifinal: Winner No. 2/7 vs. Winner No. 3/6
Women's Semifinal: Winner No. 1/8 vs. Winner No. 4/5
Men's Backdraw: Loser No. 2/7 vs. Loser No. 3/6
Women's Semifinal: Winner No. 2/7 vs. Winner No. 3/6
Women's Backdraw: Loser No. 1/8 vs. Loser No. 4/5
Women's Backdraw: Loser No. 2/7 vs. Loser No. 3/6
Championships & Consolation Matches - Saturday, April 21
Men's Championship: Semifinal Winners
Men's Third Place: Semifinal Losers
Women's Championship: Semifinal Winners
Men's Fifth Place: Backdraw Winner vs. Loser No. 4/5 (from Thursday)
Women's Third Place: Semifinal Losers
Women's Fifth Place: Backdraw Winners
Women's Seventh Place: Backdraw Losers