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Rollins Faces Busy Week of Action

Rollins Faces Busy Week of Action

MATCH-UP:
Rollins (5-1, 0-1 SSC) vs. Mount St. Mary's (1-7, 0-0 NEC)
Rollins (5-1, 0-1 SSC) vs. Valparaiso (6-3, 1-1 Summit)
Rollins (5-1, 0-1 SSC) vs. Wayne State (7-1, 0-0 GLIAC) 

WHERE:
MSMU: Winter Park, Fla.
Valpo: Winter Park, Fla.
WSU: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex 

WHEN:
MSMU: Monday, March 4, 2019 – 3:00 p.m.
Valpo: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 – 3:00 p.m.
WSU: Saturday, March 9, 2019 - 11:00 a.m. 

SET-UP:
Rollins will look to recover from their first loss of 2019, after splitting action last week.  The Tars upset No. 15 Flagler, 5-2, to open action, but could not take down No. 3 Lynn, falling 5-2 on Saturday.  The Tars now face a busy week, including matches against Division I opponents Mount St. Mary's and Valparaiso, before capping the week against Wayne State.  The Tars can pick up three important wins, as they continue to build on an impressive 2019. 

WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins:
The Tars won five of the six singles matches against the Flagler Saints to pull the upset.  No. 3 Lynn proved too much however, as the Tars could only take a pair of singles points. Nicolo De Fraia defeated the No. 43 nationally ranked player against Lynn to remain perfect in the top court singles position. The senior currently sits at 6-0 on the year.  Atakan Gezer has also maintained an undefeated record, going 6-0 from the fourth, fifth, and sixth spots.  Ziad Melhaoui, the nation's No. 21 ranked singles player, is 5-1, playing on the third court.  Melahoui teams up with Gai Feigin to form Rollins top doubles partnership.  The two are ranked No. 17 in country, and currently sit at 3-3 on the year.  Overall, the Tars have gone 12-6 in doubles play through 6 matches. 

Mount St. Mary's:
The Mount started the year with three straight losses before defeating Howard 6-1 in early February.  They have since lost four in a row as they make their way to Florida.  Parth Sharma has seen the first court action for the Mount, but has yet to pick up a win in 2019.  Gabriel Santos is the only player that has picked up more than one singles win this season, as the team has combined to go 6-42.  Santos and Alonso Garcia have played the majority of the top doubles matches for Mount St. Mary's, but have failed to earn a victory.  Jean Armstrong and Evan Hine are 2-0 in the third spot, pacing a team that is 5-19 in doubles action. 

Valparaiso:
The Crusaders had won back-to-back games against Oral Roberts and Lamar, but fell to Western Michigan last time out.  Chad Kissell has seen the first court action for the Crusaders.  He lost a tight match against Western Michigan, dropping a third set in a 4-3 loss.  Brandon Ancona, who has been named Summit Tennis Player of the Week this season, sees the second court action.  Ancona and Kweisi Kenyatte play at the top doubles position for the Crusaders, where they fell in a tiebreak last time out.  Kissell and Brian Pecyna tallied Valparaiso lone doubles win against Western Michigan, coming on the second court. 

Wayne State:
The Warriors rank as the fourth best team in the Midwest Region.  Wayne State fell in their season opener, to Toledo, and have since reeled off seven consecutive wins.  Niklas Karcz came in as the No. 17 singles player in the region.  The sophomore is 6-2 on the year, including going 4-2 in the first spot, and 2-0 in the second.  Griffin Mertz, Pierre Renaudie, and Max Rink have all opened the year with stellar singles results.  Mertz and Taylor Vane play in the top doubles spot for the Warriors, followed by Karcz and Renaudie in the second, and Rink and Derek Sammons in the third.  Sammons and Renaudie are ranked as the No. 5 team in the region, but have not seen dual meet action this season. 

UP NEXT:
The Tars will face another busy week of non-conference action, facing No. 22 Ferris State, Bluefield State, and Northwood.  First serve against the Bulldogs is set for 11 a.m. 

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