No. 16 Rollins (13-4, 2-2 SSC) vs. No. 9 Saint Leo (13-6, 4-2 SSC)
No. 16 Rollins (13-4, 2-2 SSC) vs. Eckerd (7-6, 0-5 SSC)
No. 16 Rollins (13-4, 2-2 SSC) vs. No. 23 Palm Beach Atlantic (13-4, 1-4 SSC)
SLU: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex
EC: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex
PBA: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex
SLU: Thursday, April 11, 2019 – 3:00 p.m.
EC: Friday, April 12, 2019 – 12:00 p.m.
PBA: Sunday, April 14, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
The Tars will look to put an end to their first losing streak of the season, as they return to Sunshine State Conference play with a busy week of action. Rollins has suffered back-to-back losses to No. 1 Barry and No. 10 West Florida, and the road does not get much easier, with two more ranked foes making the trip to Winter Park this week. The Tars currently sit fifth in the SSC and still have a lot of work to do as they fight towards the postseason.
WHO TO WATCH:
The Tars currently 71-22 overall in singles action. Nicolo De Fraia again jumped up the National Singles Rankings this week, settling at No. 13 after remaining undefeated, at 16-0. The senior upset the No. 5 player in the country during the Tars' match against West Florida. Guillermo De Nicolas-Ruiz sits at 12-2 playing predominantly out of the second position. Atakan Gezer has compiled a 13-1 record, seeing action in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth positions. The Istanbul, Turkey native has picked up one win against a regionally ranked foe. The pair of Ziad Melhaoui and Andrea Brignacca continued to move up the National Doubles Rankings with their top court upset against West Florida as well. The pair sit at 4-1 overall on the season, and at No. 19 in the country.
The Lions are coming off a 5-2 loss at the hands of West Florida, and have traded wins and losses over their last six matches. Saint Leo has bounced all over the top-10, settling at No. 9 in the most recent ITA National Rankings. Bruno Faletto sits at 16-2, playing in the top spot for the Lions. The freshman jumped up the national rankings, settling at No. 21 up from No. 48 last week. Ghali Mensour and Aurel Ciocanu are each 12-6, playing in the second and third spots respectively. Ciocanu and Willem Van Der Akker, the No. 43 doubles pair in the nation, are 7-6 overall, and 6-6 in the top doubles position.
The Tritons defeated Ave Maria, 5-2, last time out, breaking a five match losing streak. Eckerd has yet to down an SSC opponent, and have been outscored 37-5 over the six matches. Overall, the Tritons are 45-45 in singles action in 2019. Alasdair Knox has seen all the top court action, while Will Stone leads the team with 11 wins, all coming on the second court. Stone and Matt Spasic pace the doubles partnerships for the Tritons. The duo are 11-4 in dual matches this season, including going 6-1 in the top spot and 5-3 in the second.
Palm Beach Atlantic:
The Sailfish have dropped their last three matches, all SSC contests against No. 17 Lynn, No. 5 Saint Leo, and Embry-Riddle. Phillip Hoffman is 9-4 overall for Palm Beach Atlantic, including going 7-2 on the first court. Carlos Niemeyer leads the Sailfish in wins at 12-2, playing in the fourth, fifth, and sixth spots. Thomas Salmon and Umberto Rosi headline the 11 doubles teams that the Sailfish have played this season. The pair is 7-2 in the first position, and came in at No. 41 in the latest National Double Rankings.
The Tars will finish their regular season with a trip to No. 38 Florida Southern. First serve is set for Wednesday, April 17, at 3 p.m. in Lakeland.
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