No. 38 Rollins (0-0) vs. No. 12 Flagler (3-1)
No. 38 Rollins (0-0) vs. Arkansas-Fort Smith (0-2)
No. 38 Rollins (0-0) vs. No. 6 Barry (4-0)
No. 38 Rollins (0-0) vs. Palm Beach Atlantic (1-1) 

FC: Tuesday, February 14, 2017 – 4:00 p.m. – Martin Tennis Complex
UAFS: Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 4:00 p.m. – Martin Tennis Complex
BU: Saturday, February 18, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. – Martin Tennis Complex
PBA: Sunday, February 19, 2017 – 1:00 p.m. – Martin Tennis Complex 

The Rollins Women’s Tennis team starts the 2017 campaign with flurry of action this week.  The Tars will open with two non-conference opponents before jumping into Sunshine State play for a pair of weekend contests. 

The Tars are returning six players from last season, while also hoping for contributions from four newcomers.  Rollins is coming off a 12-9 season that saw them fall in the first round of the SSC Tournament.  The Tars enter the year ranked 38th nationally, and 10th in the South Region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.  Rollins was predicted to finish sixth in the SSC Preseason Poll.

Shannon Etten highlights the Tars returners.  The senior went 10-7 in singles and 13-9 in doubles during the 2016 campaign, playing exclusively out of the first position.  Teresa Kaiser will also look to build on a stellar 2016.  As a freshman she compiled a 6-3 record out of the third position, and 12-10 in the second doubles spot.  Carlye Goldman, who went 2-0 playing at the five and six spots last year, has worked her way to a No. 20 ranking in the South Region singles standings.

Flagler started their year with a pair of 5-4 victories over SSC opponents, No. 15 Nova Southeastern and No. 33 Florida Southern.  The Saints then traveled to Barry, where they were shutout by the No. 6 Bucs, 9-0.  Flagler rebounded the next day, however, to pick up an 8-1 road win over Palm Beach Atlantic.

The Saints come to Winter Park ranked No. 12 nationally and third in the Southeast Region.  Lizanne Jinkertz currently sits as the No. 44 singles player in Division II and No. 10 in the southeast.  Mary Jo Nanti has earned the region’s No. 17 singles spot.  The German and the Italian then team up to create the southeast’s fifth ranked doubles pair.

Arkansas-Fort Smith has opened their 2017 with back-to-back losses, falling 8-1 against Northeastern State and 6-3 to Central Oklahoma.  The Lions are looking to improve on a 3-15 record, going 1-4 in Heartland Conference action, last season.

Lindsy Pearce has led Arkansas-Fort Smith through their two matches this season.  The junior played out of the fourth position against Northeastern, and picked up the Lions only win of the match.  Against Central Oklahoma the Fort Smith native won her singles match up and teamed up with Brittaney McCasin to win out the first doubles position. 

The No. 6 Barry Bucs have yet to lose a game this season besting Bethune-Cookman, NAIA No. 22 St. Thomas, and No. 12 Flagler all 9-0 before shutting out No. 36 Embry-Riddle in a shortened contest 5-0.  Barry was selected second in the SSC Preseason Poll, where they also received two first place votes.

Freshman Dasha Salnikova began her college career with lofty expectations, coming in at No. 18 on the national singles rankings, and fourth in the south region.  So far the Neuilly-sur-Seine, France native has earned a 3-0 record.  Sonja Larson comes in just behind her teammate in the rankings, entering the year No. 22 in the country and fifth in the south.  Larson has also made easy work of her three opponents in 2017.  While the two stars have not taken the court together this year, the pair are still ranked No. 8 National Doubles Rankings. 

Palm Beach Atlantic started the year with a convincing 8-1 win over Carson-Newman before falling by the same score to No. 12 Flagler College.  The Sailfish will travel to Tampa for a contest on Saturday, February 18, before heading to Rollins on the 19th.

With a roster consisting of six freshman, the Sailfish look to the leadership of a pair of seniors and a pair of juniors to help guide them in 2017.  Michaela Mignemi, a junior, is 2-0 on the season playing out of the sixth position.  Senior Valerie Nagovitcina has played out of the first position in both contests this year, winning one and forcing a tiebreak against the No. 44 singles player in the nation, Lizanne Jinkertz of Flagler. 

The Tars will take to the road for the first time this season next weekend.  Rollins will head to Pensacola where they will take on West Florida on Friday, February 24, at 10 a.m.  Rollins will remain in the Panhandle for a Sunday match up against Alabama-Huntsville, scheduled start against the Chargers in also 10 a.m.

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