Rollins Faces No. 8 Embry-Riddle in SSC Showdown

Rollins Faces No. 8 Embry-Riddle in SSC Showdown

Rollins (6-9, 1-2 SSC) at No. 8 Embry-Riddle (9-3, 2-2 SSC) 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 | 3:30 p.m. | Daytona Beach, Fla. 

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The Tars went 1-1 last week, playing a pair of ranked opponents.  Rollins started the week with an upset over No. 29 Southeastern Oklahoma State, but top-ranked Barry proved too much, as the Tars fell 9-0 against the Bucs.  Rollins will now face off against another highly rated conference foe, the No. 8 Embry-Riddle Eagles. 

The Tars' combination of Nicolo De Fraia and Guillermo De Nicolas-Ruiz, on the top two courts, continue to pace Rollins' singles play.  De Fraia is ranked as the No. 29 singles player in the nation, and has earned a 9-5 record in the first court, defeating four nationally ranked opponents.  Nicolas-Ruiz is 10-5 overall and ranked No. 54 in the nation.  Cody Gubin, who is 3-3 overall in 2018, won the decisive match in the Tars' upset of Southeastern Oklahoma State last week. 

De Fraia and Nicolas-Ruiz combine to form the No. 8 double partnership in the country.  The two are 8-5 overall, and 2-1 against nationally ranked competition.  Atakan Gezer and Ziad Melhaoui have seen much of the second court action, earning a 5-5 record. 

Embry-Riddle will host the Tars on the back of two consecutive losses.  The Eagles were tripped by SSC foe Lynn before falling to Xavier University of Louisiana last time out.  Embry-Riddle jumped from No. 10 to No. 8 in the most recent ITA national poll. 

Overall the Eagles have amassed an impressive 51-21 singles record, with no player holding a record under .500.  Juan Ortiz Couder leads the Eagles, ranked as the No. 39 singles player by the ITA.  The junior has tallied an 8-4 overall record on the year, competing exclusively out of the top position.  Andres Donayre also earned a spot in the national poll, settling at No. 55.  The Lima, Peru native is 10-1 in dual match action, splitting time between the second and third courts.  

Donayre and Rodolfo Arreygue form the only doubles team in the SSC ranked higher than the Rollins pair of De Fraia and Nicolas-Ruiz.  The two earned the No. 3 spot in the most recent rankings. They have tallied an 11-1 record, playing exclusively in the first position. Lucas Bos and Couder form a powerful second spot team, having registered a 10-2 mark on the year.

The Tars will continue the SSC gauntlet with a pair of matches against ranked conference opponents next week.  Rollins will open with a visit to No. 4 Saint Leo on Wednesday, April 4, at 3 p.m.  The Tars will then host No. 24 Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday, April 7, at 1 p.m. 

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