SKILLMAN, N.J. (June 8, 2011) - Coming off a record 28th
NCAA postseason appearance, the Rollins men's tennis team landed eighth in the
final ITA Division II ranking of 2011.
The Tars posted a 17-9 record
on the season and were 4-2 in the Sunshine State Conference, finishing third. In
the SSC Tournament, Rollins won the consolation match, beating Eckerd, falling
to eventual national runner-up Lynn and then taking down Saint Leo. The Tars
met seventh-ranked West Florida in the first round of the NCAA Tournament and
dropped a 5-1 decision to the Argos.
Junior Jeff Morris earned his
second-straight All-America nod, ranking 13th in the final singles
poll. He posted a 16-8 mark overall and went 4-2 in SSC play while also
defeating a pair of ranked opponents. He was a first team All-SSC selection
earlier in the year and earned SSC Player of the Year honors in 2010.
Senior Arturo Baravalle also
found a spot in the rankings, coming in 43rd. He was 14-10 on the
year, also beating two ranked opponents, and went 3-3 in SSC play. The duo
combined to make up the nation's 24th-ranked doubles team.
In the south region, Rollins
ranked fifth as a team while Morris was fifth and Baravalle 17th in
singles. Newcomers Sebastian Hafner (23rd) and David Yawalkar (27th)
also ranked regionally.
In doubles, Morris and
Baravalle ranked 10th in the region while Nick Rowlands and Jason
Alabaster earned a 16th ranking.
Rollins started the season
ranked No. 6 in the preseason rankings and faced five ranked opponents in its
first six matches. The Tars dropped their first three, to third-ranked
Armstrong Atlantic, second-ranked Valdosta State and eighth-ranked West
Florida. VSU would later go on to win the NCAA Division II National
Rollins rebounded to beat 41st-ranked
Florida Tech and unranked Lake Superior State before a 6-2 setback to 10th-ranked
Concordia. Five straight wins followed to get the Tars rolling, but the streak
was stopped on a 5-4 heartbreaker to NAIA second-ranked Auburn-Montgomery.
The Tars closed the season
winning seven of the last nine with the only losses coming to fourth-ranked
Lynn and second-ranked Barry. The final three matches were all victories over
ranked Saint Leo, Florida Southern and Palm Beach Atlantic.
Rollins drew Eckerd in the
first round of the SSC Tournament and dispatched the Tritons 5-0. They then ran
into Lynn in the semifinals and were shutout, but bounced back with a
hard-fought win over Saint Leo in the third place match.
The Tars and West Florida
battled in the first round of the NCAA South Region Tournament with the Argos
ending the Tars season 5-1.
Rollins will pick up
the 2011-12 season in the fall with the annual C.L. Varner Memorial
Invitational and the ITA Region Tournaments.