No. 38 Rollins (3-3) vs. No. 4 Saint Leo (2-3)
No. 38 Rollins (3-3) at No. 15 Nova Southeastern (3-3)
No. 38 Rollins (3-0) at No. 3 Lynn (7-0)
WHEN | WHERE:
SLU: Friday, March 1, 2017 – 3:30 p.m. – Martin Tennis Complex
NSU: Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Lynn: Sunday, March 5, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – Boca Raton, Fla.
After splitting last weekends contests in Pensacola, falling to No. 7 West Florida, before besting Alabama Huntsville, Rollins returns to the court to face their most daunting week of the season. The Tars will host No. 4 Saint Leo to Winter Park on Wednesday afternoon, then head on the road to take on a pair of top-ranked opponent. Rollins travels to Nova Southeastern, the Sharks came in at No. 15 in the most recent ITA poll, and Lynn, who climbed to No. 3 in the latest rankings.
TRACKING THE TARS:
Fabiana Vitanza continues to play exclusively out of the first position for the Tars, amassing a record of 3-3 on the year. The Junior is coming off a hard fought win over Marleen Gort of Alabama-Huntsville, 6-4, 7-5. Teresa Kaiser has split time between the fifth and sixth spot for the Tars, and has earned a 5-1 record to lead Rollins. The Omaha, Nebraska native defeated Marta Briega of Alabama-Huntsville convincingly, capturing a straight set victory.
The Tars have used five doubles pairs to this point in the season. Alexandra Borg and Shannon Etten have gone 3-2, playing out of the second position. The team upended the second position team from No. 7 West Florida in their contest last Saturday. Kaiser and Savanna Fuller have gone 3-1 on the year, playing out of the third spot.
TRACKING THE LIONS:
Despite their lofty ranking, Saint Leo struggled out of the gate in February. The Lions sit at 2-3 and 1-2 in Sunshine State Conference play. The Lions defeats have come against staunch competition, falling to No. 15 Nova Southeastern, No. 1 Armstrong State, and No. 6 Barry.
Marie Buegre-Guyot leads the Lions. As the No. 24 player in the country, and No. 7 player in the south region, she has played out of the first position for the Lions. The Brou sur Chantereine, France native has gone 2-2 on the year. Anastasia Wagner came into the year as the No. 12 ranked player in the south region.
Beugre-Guyot and Madeleine Gauthier team up to make the No. 9 ranked doubles pair in the south region, however, the two have yet to play together this season. Seeing most of the action out of the first doubles spot for the Lions has been Beugre-Guyot and Maja Pindelska.
TRACKING THE SHARKS:
Nova Southeastern has split their first six matches, and enter their contest with the Tars with a record of 3-3. All of the Sharks losses have been by one game, falling to No. 12 Flagler, No. 14 Valdosta State, and Tampa. The Sharks did pick up a convincing, 7-1, win over No. 4 Saint Leo.
Liucelena Perez leads the Sharks, going a perfect 5-0 out of the first position. The Valencia, Venezuela native has upset two nationally ranked opponents and one who was listed among the regional rankings. Nastassia Rubel has also flourished as a singles player, amassing a 4-2 record out of the third position.
Nova Southeastern has dominated doubles play this season, going 14-4 in pairs matches. Perez teams up with Isabella Lowery to form the Sharks first doubles pairing. The two have gone 5-1 on the year. Rubel and Simone Pratt are 6-0 out of the second position.
TRACKING THE FIGHTING KNIGHTS:
Lynn has been dominant this season, losing four combined games on their way to a 7-0 record. The Knights controlled No. 14 Valdosta State, 8-1, No. 8 Columbus State, 5-0, and No. 1 Armstrong State, 5-1.
Five Knights register on the regional top-20 rankings, led by Diana Bogolii. The Ukranian is ranked No. 12 nationally and has earned a 4-2 record on the year, playing out of the first and third positions. She is followed closely by Rosie Willig, the senior is ranked No. 16 nationally and has gone a perfect 3-0 out of the second and third positions. Grace Mpassy and Stephanie Stemmer also check in on the nationally rankings, at No. 23, and No. 39 respectively.
Lynn has not lost a doubles match yet this season, going 21-0 on the year. Bogolii and Willig team up to create the No. 1 doubles pairing in all of Division II. The two are a perfect 7-0 on the year, and have bested two nationally ranked opponent and four regionally ranked challengers. Mpassy and Stemmer are 6-0 out f the second position.
Rollins will host a pair of teams to Winter Park Florida next week. Embry-Riddle will visit Rollins on Wednesday, March 8, with first serve at 3:30 p.m. The Tars will take on Wayne State on Friday, March 10, at 2 p.m. at the Tiedtke Tennis Courts.
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