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Tars Look to Close Regular Season with a Pair of SSC Wins

Tars Look to Close Regular Season with a Pair of SSC Wins

No. 49 Rollins (6-12, 1-5 SSC) at No. 45 Florida Southern (8-9, 2-5 SSC)
No. 49 Rollins (6-12, 1-5 SSC) vs. Florida Tech (8-7, 1-6 SSC) 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. | Lakeland, Fla.
Saturday, April 14, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. | Bert Martin Tennis Complex  

Rollins is coming off a pair of losses against two top-25 programs last week.  The Tars could not stop the No. 1 Saint Leo Lions, falling 9-0 on Wednesday, before being tripped up by No. 21 Palm Beach Atlantic last time out.  The Tars will now look to close their regular season with a pair of Sunshine State Conference wins.  Rollins will travel to Lakeland to take on the No. 45 Florida Southern Mocs, before ending the year win a home contest against Florida Tech; the Tars and the Panthers were scheduled to play March 20, but the match was postponed due to weather. 

Nicolo De Fraia and Guillermo De Nicolas-Ruiz continue to lead the Tars, both appearing in the national rankings.  De Fraia, who is 10-7 on the year, all in the first position, comes in at No. 22 in poll, while Nicolas-Ruiz ranks at No. 65, with an 11-7 mark in the first three spots.  Sami Kirberg is 5-4 on the year, playing on both the second and third courts.  Freshman Frederick Danielson provides depth in the Rollins lineup, tallying a 6-4 mark in the fifth and sixth positions. 

De Fraia and Nicolas-Ruiz currently rank as the No. 10 team in the nation, but the pair are on a four match losing streak, and will look to turn that around in the coming matches.  Overall, the Tars have used 17 different doubles combinations on the year. 

Florida Southern hosts the Tars on the back of a two game losing streak, falling to Embry-Riddle and Barry last week. 

Victor Ahlbeck, who has seen time in the each of the first three positions comes in at No. 55 in the ITA Rankings.  The junior from Norway is 7-5 in the third position, 1-1 in the second, and 0-1 in the first.  Alvaro Arias comes in right behind his teammate, at No. 58, going 6-8 on the year, and 5-7 on the top court.  Miguel Alvarez-Hevia is 9-7 on the year, including going 8-5 in the second spot. 

The Mocs have used 10 doubles partnerships on the year, going a combined 18-30 in team play.  Alvarez-Hevia and Matt Matsuyama have seen most of the number one position action, earning a 6-7 record together.  Time Becker and Derek Bell are 6-7 overall, but 6-5 in the second spot. 

Florida Tech is riding a three match losing streak to enter the week, dropping matches against then No. 4 Saint Leo, then No. 43 Florida Southern, and then No. 20 Palm Beach Atlantic.  The Panther will face the Webber Warriors before traveling to Winter Park. 

Aria Canadell Solana leads the Panthers in singles action.  The senior, who has played exclusively in the first position, is 11-4 on the year, going 3-1 against nationally ranked foes, and ranks at No. 70 in the ITA singles poll.  James Finnigan, Ricardo Corona, Jack Clark, Majed Alshaikh, and Gerard Carpinell round out a consistent Panther lineup in spots two through six. 

Only four doubles teams have seen action for Florida Tech this season,  Solana and Alshaikh are 8-7 in the first position, Corona and Finnigan are 9-5 in the second, and Clark and Tjimon Louisy are 7-8 in the third.

The Tars will wait to learn their fate in the SSC Tournament.  Sunshine State Conference postseason play will be held from April 19 through April 21, in Bradenton, Florida at IMG Academy. 

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