LAKELAND, Fla. (September 23, 2016) – Two of Rollins doubles teams advanced in the main draw to highlight the Tars opening day at the ITA South Region Championship. The 14-team tournament is being hosted by Florida Southern at both Warden Tennis Center and Beerman Family Tennis Center in Lakeland.

In the doubles bracket, Ahmed Albitar and Ziad Melhaoui won their first round match over Ball and Finnigan of Florida Tech 8-3. Sami Kirberg and Patrick Sell teamed to beat Embry-Riddle’s Arreygue and Faucher 8-4 in their opener. Second round matches are set for Saturday.

Guilherme Dumit and Francesco Racanelli lost to Castellano and Tellez of West Florida 8-4.

In the singles main draw, Racanelli was the lone Tar to advance out of the first round. The sophomore beat Florida Southern’s Fabian Lundberg 7-5, 6-2, but lost to fourth-seed Fernando Rivas 6-4, 5-2, ret. in the second round.

Melhaoui fell to UWF’s Warren Kuhn 6-1, 6-0 and Dumit lost to Barry’s Pierre Montrieul 6-3, 6-2 in the first round of the main draw. Albitar was defeated by Juan Couder of Embry-Riddle 6-1, 6-2 and Sell dropped a 6-1, 6-0 decision to Thomas Begeaud of Barry.

In the consolation draw, Dumit defeated Spaisic of Eckerd 6-2, 6-1, Kirberg beat Florida Southern’s Alvearez-Hevia 6-2, 2-6 (11) and Sell took Florida Tech’s Corona 6-4, 3-0, ret. All three will continue in the consolation draw Saturday.

The tournament continues through Monday with winners of the main draw advancing to the ITA Small College Championship.

Singles Main Draw:
Ziad Melhaoui, L (6-1, 6-0) Warren Kuhn (UWF)
Guilherme Dumit, L (6-3, 6-2) Pierre Montrieul (BU)
Ahmed Albitar, L (6-1, 6-2) Juan Couder (ERAU)
No. 9 Sami Kirberg, L (6-4, 6-0) Kay Barttmann (LU)
Francesco Racanelli, W (7-5, 6-2) Fabian Lundberg (FSC)
-       L 6-4, 5-2, ret No. 4 Fernando Rivas
Patrick Sell, L (6-1, 6-0) Thomas Begeaud (BU)

Singles Consolation:
Dumit W (6-2, 6-1) Spaisic (EC)
Albitar L def. Lenz (PBA)
Kirberg W (6-2, 2-6 11) Alvearez-Hevia (FSC)
Sell W (6-4, 3-0 ret) Corona (FIT)

Doubles Main Draw:
Dumit/Racanelli, L 8-4 Castellano/Tellez (UWF)
Albitar/Belhaoui, W 8-3 Ball/Finnigan (FIT)
-       Matches Saturday
Kirberg/Sell, W 8-4 Arreygue/Faucher (ERAU)

Doubles Consolation:
TBD Saturday