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PREVIEW: Tars Look For First Victory of 2018

PREVIEW: Tars Look For First Victory of 2018

No. 16 Rollins (0-3, 0-1 SSC) at Eckerd (0-1, 0-1 SSC)
No. 16 Rollins (0-3, 0-1 SSC) vs. No. 1 West Florida (4-0, 3-0 GSC)
No. 16 Rollins (0-3, 0-1 SSC) vs. Davenport (3-0, 0-0 GLIAC) 

Thursday, February 22, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. | St. Petersburg, Fla.
Friday, February 23, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. | USTA National Campus
Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. | Bert Martin Tennis Complex 

The Tars are still in search of their first win of the year, as they open a vital week in the Tars' season.  Rollins will continue Sunshine State Conference play on Thursday with a trip to St. Petersburg to take on the Eckerd Tritons.  The Tars will then head to the USTA National Campus to take on, defending National Champions, No. 1 West Florida in a neutral site, top-20 match up.  Finally, the Tars will play host to Davenport, back at the Bert Martin Tennis Complex, to close the week. 

Nicolo De Fraia continues to lead the Tars in singles play.  Rollins number one player has jumped out to a 3-0 record on the year, including a win over the nation's No. 25 singles player in the Tars' loss to No. 6 Lynn last time out.  Sami Kirberg has started the year 1-2 after earning a Second Team All-SSC spot last season. 

The Tars as a team have registered a 3-5 doubles mark on the year.  De Fraia and Guillermo De Nicolas-Ruiz combine to make the No. 8 team in the South Region, but have just tallied one win in three first position matches this season.  Kirberg and junior Daniel Ferl are 1-1 in the second spot. 

Eckerd opened the year with a 9-0 shutout loss against No. 10 Embry-Riddle. 

Will Stone provided the Tritons stiffest opposition against the Eagles.  The sophomore battle in the second position, forcing a third set, after the first two both went to tiebreakers.  Alasdair Knox saw the first court play for Eckerd. 

It was Stone again who fought hardest in double play, this time with partner Matt Spasic, out of the second spot.  The first position action went to Knox and Connor Masella. 

West Florida cruised through their first three matches, but had to battle with North Alabama, coming away with a 5-4 win last time out, to improve to 4-0. 

Serdar Bojadjiev headlines a deep Argos singles lineup.  The sophomore, who went 21-1 in his freshman campaign, is ranked as the No. 7 singles player in the country by the ITA.  He is joined on the national top-50 ranks by No. 23 Alfonso Castellano, and No. 40 Nicolas LeCoutre.  Lucas Sanchez appears at No. 19 in the South Region poll. 

The top ranked Argos send Bojadjiev and LeCoutre out to the top doubles position.  The pair have tallied a 3-1 mark on the year.  Robin Rafaitin and Sanchez, and Nicolas Springer and Castellano make up the two remaining formidable doubles pairs. 

Davenport has made easy work of their first three contests, outscoring Hope College, Lawrence Tech, and Indiana Tech a combined 25-2.

Overall, Davenport has amassed a 17-1 singles mark through three matches. Remy Johansen has seen all of the first position action for the Panthers, tallying a 2-1 record to start the 2018 season.  J.L. Van Antwerpen, Marc Lerch, Matthew McClurg, Jonathan Bulmer, and Michael Digby are all 3-0. 

Lerch and Van Antwerpen have teamed up to go 3-0 in the number one doubles position to start the year, while Bulmer and Max Hartman are 3-0 in the third spot.

Rollins will open March by hosting Division I Furman to Winter Park.  First serve against the Paladins is set for Sunday, March 4, at 11 a.m. 

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