\WINTER PARK, Fla. (January 16, 2014) – For the first time the Sunshine State Conference will crown a regular-season men’s tennis champion in 2014 and the Rollins Tars were picked to finish third in the SSC preseason polls.

In a poll conducted among the SSC head men’s tennis coaches, the 2013 National Champions, Barry, were picked to finish first, tallying 35 points and received five of the seven first-place votes. Lynn was selected second with 31 points and received one first-place vote, and Rollins received the final first-place vote and 27 points for third.

Saint Leo was tabbed fourth with 21 points. Florida Southern took the fifth slot with 16 points. Florida Tech (11 points) and Eckerd (six points) rounded out the preseason poll.

Rollins returns four All-SSC Second Team selections, including SSC Freshman of the Year Robin Marchione. Singles player Malte Christesen and doubles tandem Will Kwok and Jason Alabaster also return for the Tars.

The men’s tennis season begins on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Palm Beach Atlantic. For all Rollins tennis news, visit the Tars home on the web at RollinsSports.com

2014 Sunshine State Conference Preseason Men’s Tennis Poll

Rank – Team, Points (1st-place votes)

1 – Barry, 35 (5)

2 – Lynn, 31 (1)

3 – Rollins, 27 (1)

4 – Saint Leo, 21

5 – Florida Southern, 16

6 – Florida Tech, 11

7 – Eckerd, 6