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Tars Prepare for Return to SSC Play

Tars Prepare for Return to SSC Play

MATCH-UP:
Rollins (10-2, 0-1 SSC) vs. Florida National (3-4)
Rollins (10-2, 0-1 SSC) vs. Florida Tech (5-5, 1-1 SSC) 

WHERE:
FNU: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex
FIT: Melbourne, Fla. – DeSoto Tennis Courts 

WHEN:
FNU: Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – 3:00 p.m.
FIT: Saturday, March 23, 2019 – 10:30 a.m. 

SET-UP:
The Tars look to pick up two more wins, as they return from almost a week off from competition.  Rollins went 3-0 during their Spring Break, and will look to continue that form in their return to action.  Florida National will be the Tars' first opponent.  The Conquistadors enter the contest 3-4 on the year.  Rollins will then look for their first Sunshine State Conference victory of the season with a visit to Melbourne to take on Florida Tech.  Rollins will look to pick up two valuable wins as they head into a difficult stretch of their schedule.

WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins:
Guillermo De Nicolas-Ruiz picked up SSC Player of the Week honors for his work over the Tars' three Spring Break victories.  The senior is 9-2 on the season, playing a majority of his time on the second court, and has picked up one win against nationally ranked opposition.  Nicolo De Fraia, who currently sits as the No. 20 singles player in the South Region, is 11-0 in the top singles spot, including a 1-0 record against nationally ranked foes, and a 3-0 record against regionally ranked foes.  Ziad Melhaoui, the No. 21 ranked singles player in the nation, has compiled a 7-2 mark in the third position; he has also defeated one nationally ranked player.  Overall, the Tars have sent nine players into singles action, and have tallied a 54-13 singles record.  Nicoals-Ruiz and Atakan Gezer have teamed up to earn a 10-1, third court, doubles mark, leading Rollins.  De Fraia and Danielson see most of the second court action, while Melhaoui and Gai Feigin, the No. 17 doubles pair in the country, see the top court action. 

Florida National:
The Conquistadors had lost three in a row before downing ASA College's junior varsity squad last time out.  The Tars will be the second NCAA competition Florida National has faced, as they fell to Florida Tech, 4-3, back on March 4.  The Conquistadors are young, as first year coach, Federico Palombo, leads a group of nine freshman who hail from all over South America and Europe. 

Florida Tech:
The Panthers have dropped their last four decisions, and fell in an exhibition against Oxford their last time on the court.  Official losses to Christian Brothers, Bluefield State, Merrimack, and Bentley cooled a hot start to the season for Florida Tech.  In SSC play FIT defeated Eckerd, but were shutout by Lynn during a February road trip.  James Finnigan has seen top court action for the Panthers in both singles and doubles play.  Finnigan teams up with JJ Clark in doubles competition. 

UP NEXT:
The Tars will continue SSC action by hosting the No. 18 Embry-Riddle Eagles on Wednesday, March 27.  First serve is set for 3 p.m. 

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