WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 1, 2017) – The Tars jumped out to an early lead, but ultimately needed to comeback late to defeat No. 4 Saint Leo in thrilling fashion Wednesday night. With the win Rollins moves above the .500 mark at 4-3, and 2-1 in Sunshine State Conference play. The fourth ranked Lions fall to 2-4, and 1-3 in the SSC.
Rollins rolled through the doubles matches to take a commanding 3-0 lead out of the gate. Fabiana Vitanza and Carlye Goldman took down Marine Beugre-Guyot and Maja Pindelska 9-7 in the number one spot. Both Shannon Etten and Alexandra Borg, and Savanna Fuller and Teresa Kaiser won their doubles matches, by scores of 8-6, out of the second and third positions respectively.
The Lions surged back, taking the first four doubles matches, taking a 4-3 lead with just fifth and sixth singles matches left to finish. Kaiser pulled the Tars even with a three set victory out of the sixth spot. The sophomore defeated Katherine Zaatini 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. Fuller secured the Tars victory with a 7-5, 6-2 win out of the fifth position. The match point saw both players run the baseline in a long rally, but ultimately Fabiola Cardenas sent her backhand into the net, giving the Tars the victory.
Rollins returns to action on Saturday, March 4, when they will continue conference action with a visit to Fort Lauderdale to take on No. 15 Nova Southeastern. The match is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.