No. 28 Rollins (7-8, 1-2 SSC) vs. No. 38 Florida Southern (10-7, 3-2 SSC)
No. 28 Rollins (7-8, 1-2 SSC) vs. No. 8 Lynn (15-2, 3-0 SSC)
No. 28 Rollins (7-8, 1-2 SSC) vs. No. 49 Palm Beach Atlantic (11-7, 1-4 SSC)
WHEN | WHERE:
FSC: Tuesday, April 4, 2017 – 3:00 p.m. – Martin Tennis Complex
LU: Saturday, April 8, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. – Boca Raton, Fla.
PBA: Sunday, April 9, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. – West Palm Beach, Fla.
The No. 28 Tars have dropped three in a row, all hard fought contests, all against top-25 competition. Last time out the Tars gave No. 3 Saint Leo all they could handle, falling 5-4. Now the Tars look to right the ship, taking on a trio of top-50 opponents this week. Rollins will open by concluding their 12 match home stand against Sunshine State Conference rival, No. 38 Florida Southern, before heading south to continue SSC action against the No. 8 Fighting Knights of Lynn and the No. 49 Sailfish of Palm Beach Atlantic.
TRACKING THE TARS:
Rollins is 47-43 in singles matches this season. Cody Gubin has amassed an 8-2 record in the sixth position and a 1-1 record in the fifth for a total record of 9-3 on the year. Sami Kirberg has played in three different positions for the Tars, registering a 2-1 record in the three spot, a 1-1 record in the fourth, and a 3-2 record in the fifth, combining for a 6-4 singles mark as a freshman. Sophomores Ziad Melhaoui, and Francesco Racanelli are also over .500 in singles play, tallying marks of 9-6 and 8-7 respectively, playing in a multitude of different positions. Patrick Sell has seen a majority of the first position action for Rollins, amassing a 4-7 record, with four losses coming against nationally ranked competition.
The Tars registered a 25-20 record in doubles play, using 10 different pairs. Albitar and Daniel Ferl have experienced most of the top spot action, going 5-5 in the first position, and 7-7 overall. The duo of Kirberg and Sell continued their reunion, registering the Tars lone doubles win against No. 3 Saint Leo last time out. Melhaoui and Racanelli are 4-2 on the year, playing primarily in the third position.
TRACKING THE MOCS:
The Mocs were riding a three match winning streak, which included wins over conference foes Palm Beach Atlantic and Florida Tech, before hosting Barry last time out. The No. 2 Buccaneers stopped the streak, shutting out Florida Southern, 9-0.
Florida Southern, as a team, has compiled a 57-45 singles record in 2017. Fabian Lundberg has seen all of the first position play for the Mocs, tallying a 5-12 record, with three of the losses coming against nationally ranked players. Miguel Alvarez-Hevia is leading the way for Florida Southern in singles action, registering a 12-4 record playing in the fourth and fifth spots. Laurent Mailloux is 8-4 in the fourth position and 10-6 overall. Brian Silvonik is 9-5 overall and 3-0 in SSC play.
The duo of Alvarez-Hevia and Mailloux have moved into the south region top-10 doubles rankings. The two have appeared together in all 17 of the Mocs’ matches, going 8-8 in the first position and 1-0 in the second. Overall Florida Southern has used 12 pairs, and are one match above .500 in doubles play, with a record of 26-25 on the year.
TRACKING THE FIGHTING KNIGHTS:
Lynn is currently riding an 11 match winning streak, and is coming off a 7-2 victory over Eckerd. The Fighting Knights host Florida Tech on Thursday, before welcoming the Tars to Boca Raton on Saturday morning.
A pair of Fighting Knights skyrocketed up the most recent national rankings. Jean-Baptiste Mateo currently sits at No. 5, up from No. 19, with a 17-0 record on the year, 4-0, against nationally ranked opposition, playing out of both the first and second positions. Mehdi Laalej is directly behind him at No. 6 after not being ranked to start the season. Laalej 14-1 on the year and 13-1 in first position. Kay Bartmann is No. 16 in the country and has earned a 13-1 mark playing in the second, third, and fourth spots.
Lynn has amassed a stifling 40-11 doubles record over the year, led by the team of Bartmann and Jakub Jiricka. The pair is ranked as the No. 8 doubles team in the nation, after starting the year with a 5-1 record in the first position. Laalej and Florian Clemares have also seen some first position action, going 4-1 in the spot, and 8-2 overall.
TRACKING THE SAILFISH:
Palm Beach Atlantic has faced off against three top-10 teams, No. 2 Barry, No. 3 Saint Leo, and No. 10 Embry-Riddle, in their last three matches, dropping them all by a combined score of 26-1.
The Sailfish have sent 10 players on to the court this season, combining for a 56-52 record. Pato Zarazua has seen much of the first position action for the Sailfish recording a 6-9 mark in the spot, while going 7-10 overall. Bernardo Ferreira has managed an 11-5 overall record, going 10-5 in the fourth position, and 1-0 in the third. Thomas Salmon has tallied an 8-3 mark, playing in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth spots.
Ferreira and Rafael Lenz lead the Sailfish in doubles competition. Palm Beach Atlantic as a team are 34-20 on the year, while Ferreira and Lenz are 11-4 in the first position. The duo has gone 3-2 against regionally ranked opponents, and 2-1 against those nationally ranked.
The Tars will conclude their regular season by hosting the Eckerd Tritons to the Bert Martin Tennis Center on Wednesday, April 13. First serve is set for 3 p.m.
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