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Tars Prepare for Pair of Ranked Opponents

Tars Prepare for Pair of Ranked Opponents

No. 40 Rollins (6-10, 1-3 SSC) at No. 4 Saint Leo (15-0, 4-0 SSC)
No. 40 Rollins (6-10, 1-3 SSC) vs. No. 20 Palm Beach Atlantic (12-7, 2-2 SSC) 

SLU: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. | Saint Leo, Fla.
PBA: Saturday, April 7, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. | Bert Martin Tennis Complex

Coming off a battle against No. 13 Embry-Riddle, in which the Tars suffered a 6-3 defeat, Rollins will now have to look forward to challenging, but pivotal, week, with the Sunshine State Conference Tournament on the horizon.  The Tars begin by making a trek west to Pasco County where they will line up against the No. 4 Saint Leo Lions.  Rollins will then return to Winter Park, where they will play host to No. 20 Palm Beach Atlantic.  Rollins will honor seniors Guilherme Dumit and Francesco Racanelli prior to the action against the Sailfish. 

Nicolo De Fraia picked up his fifth win against nationally ranked competition in the Tars defeat against the Eagles.  The junior, who is ranked No. 32 nationally by the ITA, sits at 10-5 overall, with five wins against ranked foes.  Guillermo De Nicolas-Ruiz is 10-6 on the year, playing mostly in the second position for Rollins, and sits three spots behind his teammate in the poll at No. 35.  Frederick Danielson has earned a 6-2 overall record in his first year in the Blue and Gold, playing in the fifth and sixth spots. 

De Fraia and Nicolas-Ruiz jumped a spot in the most recent ITA National Doubles Poll, settling in at No. 7.  The pair are 8-6 on year, playing exclusively in the top position.  Overall, Rollins has used 14 doubles partnerships this season. 

Saint Leo enters the week No. 4 in the national poll, but are poised to jump even higher with wins against No. 1 Barry and No. 5 Lynn last week. 

Thomas Grinberg hold the distinction as the No. 1 singles player in Division II according to the ITA.  The junior has tallied a perfect 15-0 record in the top singles position this season, including four wins against fellow nationally ranked competitors.  He is joined in the national rankings by Vincent Suillerot, No. 31, who is 11-2 in the second position on the year, Jamie Bueno, No. 37, who is 14-0 overall on the season, and Bruno Babic, No. 71, who is 9-5 in the fourth, fifth and sixth positions.  Overall, the Lions are 74-13 in singles play this season. 

Grinberg and Suillerot team up to create the Lions top court doubles duo.  The pair of Frenchmen are 11-3 on the year, and jumped up from No. 21 to No. 9 in the most recent ITA National Doubles Poll.  Saint Leo's second pair of Bueno and Willem van den Akker rank at No. 41.  The partnership is 11-2 in the second position. 

Palm Beach Atlantic had a three game winning streak snapped by the top-ranked Barry Bucs last timeout.  The Sailfish had picked up wins over Southeastern Oklahoma State, Eckerd, and Florida Southern.  They will host Florida Tech on Wednesday before heading to Winter Park to battle the Tars. 

Patricio Zarazua catapulted up the national rankings last week, entering the poll at No. 58, after going 10-6 overall so far in 2018.  The senior, from Mexico City, has seen much of the first position play for the Sailfish, going 9-5 in the top spot.  Also making his first appearance in the national poll is Philipp Hoffman.  The sophomore in 6-7 on the year, playing on both the first and second courts.  The Sailfish as a team are just over .500 in singles play, at 50-48. 

Palm Beach Atlantic has used 12 different doubles combinations on the year to earn a 36-18 record.  Zarazua and Pietro Silva are 12-2 on the year, going 7-0 in the second spot and 5-2 in the top position.  Their efforts have earned them the No. 46 ranking in the National ITA Doubles Poll.

The Tars will play a pair of matches to close out the season. Rollins will travel to No. 43 Florida Southern for a match on Tuesday, April 10, with first serve set for 3 p.m.  The Tars will then end the year by making up a postponed match against Florida Tech on Saturday, April 14, at 3 p.m. 

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