The Tars fought hard against a tough Embry-Riddle squad, but were unable to overcome the No. 10ranked Eagles, falling in a score of 4-5. The Tars’ record drops to 7-7 on the year, while the Eagles improve to 5-3.
The Tars took a 2-1 lead after the doubles matches, with the tandem of Patrick Sell and Sami Kirberg taking a 9-8 victory in the second position and the duo of Francesco Racanelli and Ziad Melhaoui winning 8-4 in the third position. Ahmed Albitar and Daniel Ferl fell in a score of 5-8 to Carlos Becke and Deepak Vishavkarma, the seventh-ranked doubles pair in the country.
The Eagles would go on to win three of the five singles matches to secure the victory over Rollins. The Tars recorded a pair of wins in the singles matches with Albitar taking a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Vishavkarma and Kirberg defeating Luke de Caires 7-6, 6-3. In the first position, Sell would take the first set in a score of 6-1 over the nation’s No. 18 ranked singles player, Juan Couder. However, Couder was victorious in the final two sets of the match with scores of 6-4 and 6-2.
The Tars will be back in action at the Martin Tennis Complex for their 11th consecutive home contest on Wednesday, March 29 against Sunshine State Conference foe, Saint Leo. First serve is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.