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PREVIEW: Tars Spend Spring Break in Las Vegas

PREVIEW: Tars Spend Spring Break in Las Vegas

No. 14 Rollins (4-5, 1-1 SSC) vs. No. 19 Hawaii Pacific (0-5, 0-0 PacWest)
No. 14 Rollins (4-5, 1-1 SSC) vs. No. 20 Midwestern State (6-2, 0-0 0-0 LSC)
No. 14 Rollins (4-5, 1-1 SSC) vs. No. 23 St. Mary's (Texas) (6-3, 0-0 Heartland)
No. 14 Rollins (4-5, 1-1 SSC) vs. Hawaii Hilo (3-0, 0-0 PacWest) 

HPU: Sunday, March 11, 2018 | 5:00 p.m. | Las Vegas, Nev.
MSU: Monday, March 12, 2018 | 5:00 p.m. | Las Vegas, Nev.
StMU: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. | Las Vegas, Nev.
UHH: Thursday, March 15, 2018 | 12:00 p.m. | Las Vegas, Nev.   

The No. 14 Tars narrowly escaped an upset attempt by non-conference foe Wayne State last time out.  Rollins is riding a two game winning streak, and have taken three of their last four as they head into their Spring Break.  Rollins will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada on their week off, where they will play four games, three of which come against top-25 opponents. 

Nicolo De Fraia continues to lead Rollins, despite falling in his last two matches.  The junior now sits at 7-2 on the year, with all his matches being played in the first position.  Guillermo De Nicolas-Ruiz still holds his position of No. 19 in the ITA National Rankings, while Sami Kirberg sits at No. 17 in the South Region.  The two have combined for a 10-6 record playing in the second and third positions. 

De Fraia and Nicolas Ruiz form the No. 8 doubles team in the South Region, and have been finding their form of late.  The pair are 6-3 in the top doubles spot, and have won their last two matches.  Atakan Gezer and Ziad Melhaoui are 3-1 on the second court. 

Hawaii Pacific has stumbled out of the gate, dropping their first five, including two contests against Hawaii Hilo and two against UC San Diego.  Last time out the Sharks fell to No. 6 Azusa Pacific. 

Lucas Franco ranks as the No. 16 player on the ITA's singles rankings; the freshman, however, has yet to see dual match time for the Sharks.  Benjamin Loccisano comes in at No. 27 on the poll, but has started the year 0-5 for Hawaii Pacific, all coming in the first position.  Gerardo Irarrazabal rounds out the Sharks' top-50 contingent, coming in at No. 46. 

Irarrazabal and Franco also rank as the No. 16 doubles pair in the nation according to the ITA. Again, the pair have not competed in a dual meet together in 2018.  Maxime Gayte and Loccisano come in ranked No. 20 in the country, but are 0-1 in their only attempt as a partnership this season. 

Midwestern State edged Oklahoma Baptist, 5-4, in their last match to carry a three match winning streak into their Las Vegas trip. 

Midwestern State boasts three players in the top-15 in the South Central Region.  They are paced by Vasudev Vijayaraman, who is ranked No. 7, and has tallied a 4-3 first position mark this season.  Josh Sundaram ranks at No. 11, while Angel Palacios comes in at No. 12.  The two have combined for a 9-3 record, playing on the second, third, and fourth courts. 

Palacios and Alex Martinez-Roca are 4-0 in the third doubles position on the year, and rank as the No. 6 regionally.  Denney Norrie and Nolan McCaig rank No. 9 in the region, but the two have been very successful with other partners so far this campaign.  McCaog and Dillon Pineda are 7-0 in the top position, while Norrie and Vijayaraman are 6-1 on the second court. 

The Rattlers have started the year 6-3, but fell to Metro State last time out.  St. Mary's has to face off against Cameron and Hawaii Pacific before taking the court with the Tars. 

Jeremiah Gonzalez leads the Rattlers in singles play.  The sophomore enters the week ranked No. 9 in the South Central Region, and has gone 6-3 overall this season, including going 6-2 in the top court.  Joining Gonzalez in the regional rankings for the Rattlers is Jose Antelo, No. 13, Felix Holloway, No. 16, and Alex Joseph, No. 19. 

The Rattlers have two doubles pairs ranked in the top-25 nationally according to the ITA.  Gonzalez and Bojan Popovic come in at No. 3, and have tallied a 6-3 mark in the top position in 2018.  Saisaurav Konakanchi and James Weatherhead are 4-2 together in the third spot, and are ranked No. 25 by the ITA. 

Hawaii Hilo has started 2018 strong, as they sit at 3-0 with a win over UC San Diego, and a pair of wins over No. 19 Hawaii Pacific.  Hawaii Hilo will face Southern Utah, Western New Mexico, Midwestern State, and Indianapolis in Las Vegas, before turning their attention to the Tars. 

Vaclav Slezak highlights the singles lineup for the Vulcans.  The Czech Republic native is 2-1 in the first position for Hawaii Hilo, and ranks No. 17 nationally in singles play.  Alex Fillat comes in at No. 15 in the West Region rankings, and is 1-2, playing on the fourth court for the Vulcans.  Chen En Wu is 3-0 in the third spot. 

Fillat and Bruno Figlia rank as the No. 7 doubles duo in the West Region, but have gone 0-3 to start the year in the second position.  Slezak and Alessandro Giuliato lead the team play for the Vulcans, amassing a 3-0 mark in the top spot so far this campaign.

The Tars will return home to face Sunshine State Conference foe Florida Tech.  The Panthers will visit Winter Park on Tuesday, March 20 at 3 p.m. 

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