No. 15 Rollins (12-2, 1-1 SSC) vs. No. 40 Embry-Riddle (4-5, 1-1 SSC)
No. 15 Rollins (12-2, 1-1 SSC) vs. No. 1 Barry (9-1, 2-0 SSC)
ERAU: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex
BU: Miami Shores, Fla. – Buccaneer Tennis Center
ERAU: Wednesday, March 28, 2019 – 3:00 p.m.
BU: Saturday, March 30, 2019 – 10:00 a.m.
The Tars captured their first Sunshine State Conference victory of the year with a 7-0 shutout of the Florida Tech Panthers the last time out. The Tars will look to continue their remarkable play, which saw them jump to the No. 15 spot in last week's national rankings, as they prepare for two more conference matches. Rollins will host No. 40 Embry-Riddle to start the week, before traveling to the top-ranked team in Division II, the Barry Buccaneers, over the weekend. With six of their final seven matches against ranked opponents, the Tars will try to keep their momentum while searching for a pair of statement wins over two of the nation's best this week.
WHO TO WATCH:
The Tars have dominated singles action so far in 2019, amassing a 63-13 combined record, as they head into the heart of SSC play. Nicolo De Fraia is leading the Tars. The senior jumped to No. 31 in the most recent national singles poll, and has tallied a 13-0 record on the top-court this season, including one win over nationally opposition, and three over regionally ranked foes. Guillermo De Nicolas-Ruiz, the No. 68 player in the country, has been dominant as well, going 11-2 in the second position, and picking up one SSC Player of the Week Award earlier in the campaign. Atakan Gezer has maintained a perfect record as well, going 12-0 out of the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth positions. Andrea Brignacca and Ziad Melhaoui have also been solid contributors for Rollins, going 10-2 and 8-2 respectively. Melhaoui and Gai Feigin see the top doubles action for Rollins. De Fraia and Frederick Danielson are the second court duo, while Gezer and Nicolas-Ruiz form the third court pair. Rollins is 32-8 in doubles play this season.
The Eagles have taken three of their last four matches, including a win over SSC foe Florida Southern, and shutting out Augustana last time out. The only defeat came at the hands of Division I Coastal Carolina. The Eagles fell from the No. 18 spot to No. 41 in the most recent ITA Rankings, but still boast a number of capable players. Andres Donayre has seen much of the top court action for Embry-Riddle, going 3-1 in the top spot, and 4-4 overall. He was tabbed as the No. 19 player in the South Region entering the year, while teammate Juan Ortiz Couder was picked at No. 7. Mickael Faucher and Alexis Guedy are 3-3 and 5-2 respectively on the year, while each has picked up a win against a nationally ranked opponent. Donayre and Couder team up in doubles action to create the No. 12 pair in the country. The two are 4-0 together on the year. Guedy and Andrej Omeragic also see top position action for the Eagles. Overall, Embry-Riddle has gone 18-9 in team play this season.
The top-ranked Bucs have won four straight as they enter the week, including wins over No. 10 Hawaii Hilo, No. 15 Hawaii Pacific, Division I Colgate, and No. 7 Saint Leo. Barry held onto the No. 1 spot in the rankings, and have players peppered in both the national singles and doubles lists. Pierre Montrieul highlights the roster, tallying a 7-1 record so far in 2019, and sitting at No. 2 in the ITA National Singles Rankings. Daniel Ventura jumped from his preseason unranked position up to No. 38, going 6-2 so far this season. Carlos Gomez, who entered the year at No. 6 in the country now sits at 7-1, playing on the second court, and No. 52 in the polls. Alejandro Ortega Palacios and Ignasi Forcano round out the Buccaneer contingent in the singles ranks, coming in at No. 56 and No. 64. Montrieul and Blake Bayldon play on the number one doubles court for Barry, and currently rank as the No. 6 pair in the nation. They are 5-3 so far in 2019. Palacios and Alejandro Ibanez Gallego are not far behind their teammates at No. 8 in country, going 8-1 in the second spot. Gomez and Vivien Versier see the third court action. Barry faces a high profile match against No. 17 Lynn on Wednesday, before hosting the Tars.
The Tars will venture outside the SSC for the final time this regular season when they host No. 9 West Florida to Winter Park on Sunday, April 7. First serve against the Argos is set for 11 a.m.
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