WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 15, 2017) – There was not much separating the Tars and the Saints in Rollins first competitive match of the Spring season. But, Flagler managed a few more plays, edging the Tars 5-4 on Wednesday evening. With the loss Rollins opens the year 0-1, while Flagler moves to 3-2 in their 2017 campaign.
The Tars led 2-1 after doubles play. Ahmed Albitar and Daniel Ferl defeated Willy Hasselberg and Luca Bolla, 8-5, while Francesco Racanelli and Ziad Melhaoui upended Konstantin Dustmann and Daniel Arrien, 9-7. Patrick Sell and Sami Kirberg, who entered the match ranked as the No. 2 doubles pairing in the south fell to Lukas Storck and Felipe Carvalho.
Flagler rebounded from the deficit to win four of the six singles matches. Sell captured a victory out of the first position for the Tars, besting Storck, the No. 18 player in the southeast, by a score of 7-5, 6-3. Melhaoui took the other Tars win, defeating Charley Castaing 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. The Tars held a 4-3 lead with Racanelli and Kirberg both immersed in three set battles, but Flagler managed to capture both matches to grab the victory.
Rollins turns around quickly. The Tars return to the court tomorrow, February 16, when they will host Arkansas-Fort Smith. Play will get underway at 3 p.m. at the Tiedtke Tennis Courts.
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