No. 27 Rollins (7-8, 2-3 SSC) vs. No. 25 Florida Southern (8-4, 3-1 SSC) 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 –  3:00 p.m. – Lakeland, Fla. 

The Tars dominated West Virginia State, one of the top teams in the Atlantic region, last week, recapturing their winning form.  The Tars then took on Division I Murray State, and were leading the Racers 4-3 when the match had to be called due to weather.  Rollins is now looking down the home stretch of the 2017 schedule, and it is lined with Sunshine State Conference foes.  Rollins will open their final stand with a visit to Lakeland to take on No. 25 Florida Southern. 

The Tars have sent eight singles players to the court the season, amassing a team record of 39-51.  Teresa Kaiser leads the Tars, going a perfect 3-0 in the fifth position, and 7-4 in the sixth position for a season record of 10-4.  Savanna Fuller is 8-6 on the year, playing out of both the fourth and fifth spots.  Fabiana Vitanza is 4-10 on the year, playing primarily out of the number one spot for the Tars.  Five of the junior’s losses have come against nationally ranked opponents, and last time out Vitanza defeated Anja Loncarevic of Division I Murray State.

The Tars swept the doubles matches in both their contests last week, moving their team doubles mark to 26-22 on the season.  Fuller and Kaiser have compiled a 9-5 record, playing out of the third position.  Alexandra Borg and Vitanza have seen action in the first position in recent matches, and currently hold a 4-3 record in the spot.

Florida Southern suffered an 8-1 setback against No. 3 Barry last time out, prior to that the Mocs had earned an eight game winning streak against Division II competition. 

Sasha Nionova has climbed up the national rankings for the Mocs.  The Latvian sits as the No. 32 singles player in the nation, with a 6-0 record out of the first position, including three wins over nationally ranked cometition.  Lorena Rionda has played in the first, second, third, and fourth spots for Florida Southern, compiling a 6-4 record.  Natalija Popovic is 8-3 in the third, fourth, and fifth spots, while Avery Hunter is 5-1 in the fourth, fifth and sixth positions.

Nionova and Selin Devrimci have seen most of the first position doubles action for the Mocs.  The pair, who are ranked No. 10 in the south region, have registered a 7-3 record.  Rionda and Magda Stepnik are 8-2 in the third spot, and 1-0 in both the first and second positions, for a season mark of 10-2. 

Rollins will continue SSC play with a pair of contests next week.  The Tars will travel to St. Petersburg to take on Eckerd on Wednesday, April 5, before returning home to host Tampa on Thursday, April 6.  Both matches are set to begin at 4 p.m.

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