BRADENTON, Fla. (April 20, 2017) – The fourth seeded Tars needed a comeback to defeat the fifth seeded Florida Southern Southern Moccasins in the first round of the Sunshine State Conference. This marks the second time that Rollins defeated Florida Southern in less than a week, as the two teams closed their regular seasons against each other on Saturday. With the win No. 28 Rollins improves to 11-9 on the year, and advance to the SSC Tournament Semifinals. The Mocs end their year ranked No. 38 nationally, with a 10-11 overall record.
Florida Southern captured wins out of the first two doubles positions to take a 2-1 lead into singles play. The Tars’ duo of Francesco Racanelli and Ziad Melhaoui made sure Rollins avoided the sweep, defeating Blaine Miller and Jose de Sario, 8-5, in the third spot.
The Mocs won the first decision of singles play out of the second spot, taking a commanding 3-1 lead. Straight set wins from Sami Kirberg and Patrick Sell, got the Tars back in the contest, tying the match at 3-3. Kirberg defeated Brian Slivonik 6-2, 6-3 in the third position, while Sell bested Fabian Lundberg 6-4, 6-0 in the number one spot. The matches played in the fourth, fifth, sixth positions all went into decisive third sets. Cody Gubin recovered from a first set loss to down Miller 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 in the sixth position. The Mocs tied the match at 4-4 with a win in the fourth spot, setting up Daniel Ferl to be the hero for the Tars in the fifth position. The Landsberg, Germany native secured a hard fought, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, win, moving the Tars on to the next round.
Rollins will return to the court tomorrow, April 21, for SSC Tournament Semifinal action against the top seeded Barry Buccaneers. Barry enters the tournament as the second ranked team in the country. Fans can follow all of the action at SunshineStateConference.com.
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