PREVIEW: Rollins Preps for Division I Furman

PREVIEW: Rollins Preps for Division I Furman

No. 14 Rollins (2-4, 1-1 SSC) vs. Furman (9-3, 1-0 SoCon)

Sunday, March 4, 2018 | 11:00 a.m. | Bert Martin Tennis Complex  

The Tars picked up their first two wins of 2018 last week.  Rollins downed Sunshine State Conference foe Eckerd 8-1 to open the week, then lost a thriller to No. 1 West Florida, 5-4.  The Tars ended the run with 7-2 win over Davenport.  The Tars will now turn their attention to Division I Furman, who will visit Winter Park as part of three game stretch in the Sunshine State. 

Nicolo De Fraia is coming off a perfect week, and a SSC Player of the Week Award.  The junior is now 6-0 in singles on the year, including wins over three nationally ranked opponents.    Guillermo De Nicolas-Ruiz and Sami Kirberg have alternated at the two and three spots for Rollins, Kirberg going 3-2 on the season, while Nicolas-Ruiz is 3-3 in 2018.  Frederick Danielson is 2-0 in single splay on the season, with both wins coming in the sixth position. 

De Fraia and Nicolas-Ruiz remain the No. 8 doubles team in the South Region, and have compiled a 4-2 mark in dual matches this season.  Atakan Gezer and Ziad Melhaoui are 2-1, playing on the second and third courts.  Danielson and Guilherme Dumit saw action against Davenport last time out, and picked up the third position victory. 

Furman had a seven match winning streak snapped by Duke on Saturday, February 24, then lost their second consecutive contest to North Carolina State on February 25.  The Paladins will look to right the ship against Stetson, before heading to Winter Park to take on the Tars. 

Cameron Green highlights the Paladin's lineup, as the 110th ranked singles player in Division I tennis.  The senior is 6-4 on the year, playing all of his matches out of the top position.  Ivan Mitric, Jake Munns, and Alex Steryous have split the second position load on the year, combining for a 7-4 mark on the second court.  Steryous himself has tallied a 5-0 record, going 1-0 in the second position, 1-0 in the fifth, and 3-0 in the sixth. 

The Paladins are just under the .500 mark in double play this season, at 15-17.  Furman has sent nine pairs to the court, including four in the first spot.  Mitric and Munns have seen most of the top spot action, going 2-4.  Trevor Croyder and Daniel Vishnick are 3-1 playing out of the third doubles spot.

Rollins will continue their home, nonconference, stretch by hosting Concordia (N.Y.) on Tuesday, March 6, at 3 p.m. 

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