No. 34 Rollins (2-2) vs. Findlay (4-4)
No. 34 Rollins (2-2) vs. Valparaiso (7-1) 

Saturday, March 4, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. – Martin Tennis Complex
Sunday, March 5, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – Martin Tennis Complex 

The Tars are set to host a string of non-conference opponents to Winter Park, starting this weekend with Findlay and Division I Valparaiso.  The Tars will look to get above .500, after falling back to 2-2 with a defeat against Barry. 

Patrick Sell continues to lead Rollins, playing out of the number one singles spot.  The senior is 3-1 on the year, with his only loss coming in a 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 13-11 marathon against No.11 Carlos Gomez, last time out, against Barry.  Ziad Melhaoui has also amassed a 3-1 singles record, playing out of the third, fourth and sixth positions.

Rollins has used a quartet of doubles pairs in their first four matches, going a combined 7-5 in team play.  Melhaoui and Francesco Racanelli have amassed a 3-1 record playing out of the second and third spots.  Sell and Sami Kirberg have earned a 2-2 record out of the first spot.

Findlay won four of their first five matches to open the season.  But come to Winter Park riding a three game losing streak in which they have been defeated by a combined score of 23-4.  The Oilers currently sit at 4-4, and 0-2 in Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play.

Oriol Ferrer has played exclusively out of the number one position for the Oilers, earning a 4-4 record on the year.  Carlos Blanco and Nick Kopylec have also registered 4-4 records, Blanco playing from the second spot, while Kopylec has seen time at both the third and fifth positions.

Ferrer and Blanco have teamed up to play out of the first doubles spot, going 4-4 on the year.  Against the No. 22 pair in the nation, from Lewis University, the team battled to a tiebreaker, but ultimately fell 9-8.  During their three match skid, the Oilers are 1-8 in doubles play. 

Valparaiso competes at the Division I level.  The reigning Horizon League Champions have started their 2017 7-1, 1-0 in league action, and come to Florida riding a six game win streak.  The Crusaders have earned back-to-back shutout wins over Eastern Illinois and University of Illinois Chicago to cap the win streak.

Chad Kissel climbed into the national rankings this week, appearing at No. 113 in the singles poll, and climbing to No. 12 in the midwest regional list.  The sophomore has earned a 5-2 record, playing primarily out of the second position, however, he did compete out of the number one spot against Eastern Illinois.  Senior Jeffery Schorsch has seen most of the number one action, going a perfect 7-0 to start his campaign.

Schorsch and Charlie Emhardt team up to form one of the top doubles pairs in the country, coming in at No. 11 in the most recent polls.  The two have played out of the first position for the Crusaders this season, earning a record of 5-2.  Kissell and Dave Bacalla earned the No. 10 spot in the regional rankings, and registered a 4-2 record out of the second position. 

The Tars parade of nonconference opponents continues next week when Belmont, Wayne state, and Queens (NY) visit the Martin Tennis Complex.  The Tars’ first opponents will be the Belmont Bears on Tuesday, March 7, the match is scheduled to start at 3 p.m.

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