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Tars Eye Postseason Run at SSC Tournament

Tars Eye Postseason Run at SSC Tournament

MATCH-UP:
No. 10 Rollins (16-5, 5-3 SSC) vs. No. 31 Embry-Riddle (8-10, 5-3 SSC) 

WHERE:
Bradenton, Fla. – IMG Academy 

WHEN:
Friday, April 26, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. 

COVERAGE:
Live Stats | SSC Tournament Central 

SET-UP:
The Tars enter postseason play as the fourth seed in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament.  The No. 10 Tars have won their last three, including a win over No. 36 Florida Southern to end the 2019 regular season campaign.  The Tars first round opponent will be the fifth-seeded, and No. 31, Embry-Riddle Eagles.  The tournament will take place at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.  Rollins downed the then No. 50 Eagles at home on March 28, by a score of 6-1.  The Tars are set to begin their quest for their 19th SSC Championship. 

WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins:
The Tars currently 83-28 overall in singles action.  Nicolo De Fraia sits at No. 13 winning both his matches last week to improve to 18-1 playing exclusively in the top position.  The Cagliari, Italy native has also earned three wins over nationally ranked foes.  Guillermo De Nicolas-Ruiz sits at 14-3 playing predominantly out of the second position.  Atakan Gezer has compiled a 16-1 record, seeing action in the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth positions.  The sophomore is 6-1 against SSC opposition. The pair of Ziad Melhaoui and Andrea Brignacca continued to move up the National Doubles Rankings.  The pair sit at 5-1 overall on the season, and at No. 19 in the country. 

Embry-Riddle:
The Eagles ended their regular season with a brutal run, losing to No. 6 Hawaii Pacific and No. 10 Lynn before closing the campaign with an upset victory over No. 4 Saint Leo.  The Eagles sit just above .500, at 51-47 in singles play this year.  Andres Donayre leads the squad, going 9-3 in the top position, and 10-6 overall, and sitting at No. 46 in the ITA National Singles Rankings.  Alexis Guedy is tied with Donayre for the team lead with 10 wins, going 10-4 out of the second and third positions.  Guedy and Andrej Omeragic have seen a majority of the top position doubles play, going 6-7 on the year, while Donayre and Juan Ortiz Couder have played in the top spot four time, registering a perfect 4-0 mark.  The Eagles, as a team, are 31-23 in doubles action. 

UP NEXT:
The winner of the first-round matchup will advance to SSC Tournament Semifinals to take on the winner of the match between top-seeded Barry and eighth-seeded Florida Tech.  The semifinals are scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m. 

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