MELBOURNE, Fla. (January 25, 2019) – The Tars have been picked fifth in the Sunshine State Conference Preseason Poll, the league has announced. The poll is voted on by the league's coaches.
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The Tars are coming off an 8-13 season, but have reasons for optimism in the new year. The 2019 line up is headlined by Ziad Melhaoui, who earned the No. 21 ranking in the ITA National Singles Poll. He also earned a spot on the doubles chart with partner Gai Feigin. Nicolas De Fraia will enter the year as the No. 20 singles player in the South Region. Rollins enters 2019 as the No. 9 ranked team in the region.
The poll is topped by the 2018 National Runners-Up, the Barry Bucs, who garnered seven first place votes. They are followed by Lynn, and Saint Leo who tied for second, with the Lions earning the other two first place tallies. Embry-Riddle sits forth, with the Tars rounding out the top-five. Below Rollins is Palm Beach Atlantic. The Bucs, Fighting Knights, Lions, Eagles, and Sailfish are all ranked in the ITA's Preseason National Top-25. Florida Southern, Florida Tech, and Eckerd occupy the final three spots.
The Tars spring season starts on February 1 when the Tars will welcome Arkansas-Fort Smith to Winter Park. First serve is set for 3 p.m.
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