MELBOURNE, Fla. (January 25, 2017) – Rollins' men’s tennis team, who were tabbed No. 34 nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, have been selected fourth overall in the Sunshine State Conference Preseason Poll, it was announced Wednesday.

Rollins is coming off a year that saw the Tars go 9-14 overall, and 2-4 in conference action.  The Tars came on strong towards the end of the 2016 season, winning three of their last four regular season contests, and defeating Florida Southern in the first round of the SSC Championship.  The Tars saw their season end in the second round against top-seeded, and eventual national runner-up, Saint Leo.

Barry, No. 7 in the ITA ranking, took the top spot in the preseason rankings, claiming 34 total votes, and four first place nods.  Lynn, No. 8 in the ITA poll, came in behind the Bucs, receiving 30 total votes, and one first place tally.  The Fighting Knights edged Saint Leo, No. 2 in the ITA rankings, by one point, the Lions totaling 29, with two first place votes.

Rollins sits in the middle of the poll, the Tars taking the fourth position, with 20 votes.  The Mocs of Florida Southern, who are one place behind Rollins in the ITA Poll at No. 35, come in at fifth with 18 votes.  Rounding out the poll are Florida Tech with 11 votes, and Eckerd with six.

Coach Ron Bohrnstedt’s team is returning seven players while also welcoming in seven newcomers.  The Tars can turn to a pair of graduate students, and a pair of seniors, including captain Patrick Sell, for leadership throughout the campaign.  While five freshmen and four sophomores will look to make an impact on the court.

Rollins opens the spring season by hosting No. 33 Flagler College to the Martin Tennis Complex at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 15.  Rollins will open conference play with a trip to Florida Tech on Saturday, February 18, play will begin at 10:30 a.m.

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2017 SSC MEN’S TENNIS PRESEASON COACHES POLL

Rank

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

School (FPV)

Barry (4)

Lynn (1)

Saint Leo (2)

Rollins

Florida Southern

Florida Tech

Eckerd

Total Votes

34

30

29

20

18

11

6