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Tars Prepare for Crowded Spring Break Schedule

Tars Prepare for Crowded Spring Break Schedule

MATCH-UP:
Rollins (7-2, 0-1 SSC) vs. No. 22 Ferris State (2-4, 0-0 GLIAC)
Rollins (7-2, 0-1 SSC) vs. Bluefield State (3-3)
Rollins (7-2, 0-1 SSC) vs. Northwood (2-4, 0-0 GLIAC) 

WHERE:
FSU: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex
BSC: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex
NU: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex 

WHEN:
FSU: Monday, March 11, 2019 – 11:00 a.m.
BSC: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 – 11:00 a.m.
NU: Thursday, March 14, 2019 – 1:00 p.m. 

SET-UP:
Rollins faces a busy Spring Break, as they welcome three teams to Winter Park for nonconference action.  The Tars are coming off a hotly contested, 7-0, win over Wayne State, where five of the six singles matches went into a third set.  The Tars start with No. 22 Ferris State, before welcoming Bluefield State College and Northwood later in the week. 

WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins:
The Tars rested during a midweek contest against Valparaiso, then came back to take a lengthy and competitive match against Wayne State. Nicolo De Fraia defeated the No. 17 ranked player in the Midwest Region against Wayne State to remain perfect in the top court singles position. The senior currently sits at 8-0 on the year.  Atakan Gezer has also maintained an undefeated record, going 3-0 last week and 9-0 from the fourth, fifth, and sixth spots.  Ziad Melhaoui, the nation's No. 21 ranked singles player, is 6-1, playing on the third court.  Rollins has earned a 44-10 record in singles play.  Melahoui teams up with Gai Feigin to form Rollins top doubles partnership.  The two are ranked No. 17 in country, and currently sit at 4-3 on the year.  Overall, the Tars have gone 19-8 in doubles play through 6 matches. 

Ferris State:
The Bulldogs started the year 0-3, but have taken two of their last three matches as they head to Florida 2-4.  Ferris State placed two players on the Midwest Regional Singles rankings.  Stew Sell tops the list for the Bulldogs, coming in at No. 8.  He is joined by Nur Adim Iswan, who sits at No. 19.  Iswan teams up with Mathis Guerre to form the No. 16 doubles team in the country. 

Bluefield State:
The Big Blues had been on a three game winning streak, but fell to Francis Marion last time out.  Bluefield State put two players in the ITA National Singles Rankings, and have a number littering the Atlantic Regional Poll.  Arthur Figuriere ranks as the No. 7 player in the nation coming into the season.  Thomas Schmelta rests as the No. 49 player in the country.  The pair are joined by Giorgi Datashvilli and Frederik Bau-Madsen on the Atlantic Regional Polls.  Figuriere and Bau-Madsen team up to form the No. 19 doubles partnership in the nation, and the No. 2 team regionally.  Schmelta and Datashvilli are the No. 5 duo in the region.  The Big Blues face USC Aiken, and Florida Tech before they head to Winter Park. 

Northwood:
The Timberwolves enter the season as the fifth ranked team in the Midwest Region.  Northwood has lost three consecutive games heading into the week, including one to SSC foe Florida Southern.  Kobus Sauerman has seen all of the top court action for the Timberwolves, but has yet to capture his first win of the year.  Pablo Salamanca has tallied a 5-0 record in the fourth position on the year. The two combined to create the Timberwolves top doubles team.  Northwood faces Augustana and Rockhurst before making their way to Winter Park to face Rollins. 

UP NEXT:
The Tars take a short break before returning to action on Wednesday, March 20, when they face Florida National at Bert Martin Tennis Complex.  First serve is set for 3 p.m. 

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