WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 15, 2017) – Rollins was able to win its last Sunshine State Conference matchup, defeating the Florida Southern Mocs, 6-3. The Tars and the Mocs will likely face each other again in the upcoming SSC tournament. The win gives the Tars the higher seed over the Mocs, and propels their overall record to 10-9, while they move to 4-3 in conference play. With the loss, the Mocs drop to 10-10 on the year, and 3-4 in the SSC.
The Tars fell behind at the beginning of the match when the Mocs Fabian Lundberg and Brian Slivonik took the first point of doubles play. It was then the Tars who responded and took the next two double points. Francesco Racanelli and Ziad Melhaoui defeated Jose de Sario and Derek Bell 8-3. It was then Patrick Sell and Sami Kirberg in the first position, who captured the final doubles point for the Tars, defeating Laurent Mailloux and Miguel Alvarez-Hevia, the tenth-ranked doubles pair in the south region, 8-6.
Rollins increased its lead in the singles matches, winning four out of six individual contests. Sell dropped his first position match on the afternoon with a 1-6, 6-4, and 6-2 loss to Fabian Lundberg. Racanelli was victorious in his second position match, taking down Jose de Sario 2-6, 7-6(7), 10-8. Kirberg also picked up another match point for the Tars, after he won in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 in the third spot. Melhaoui was defeated by his opponent Laurent Mailloux, 6-2, 6-3, but the Tars continued to battle. Daniel Ferl and Cody Gubin both were victorious in their matches in the fifth and sixth positions, winning 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) and 7-5, 6-3, respectively.
Rollins will now travel to Bradenton, Fla. to compete in the SSC championships. Their first match is scheduled for Thursday, April 20, at 10 a.m. The winner of the match will move on to the semifinals in the SSC tournament.