No. 6 Rollins (18-6, 5-3 SSC) vs. No. 3 West Florida (20-6, 9-1 GSC)
Valdosta, Ga. – The VSU Tennis Courts
Saturday, May 11, 2019 – 2:00 p.m.
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The Tars return to the NCAA Tournament, for the 53rd time in school history, as the sixth-seed in the South Region. The first-round contest for Rollins will be a rematch against West Florida. The Argos enter NCAA play as the third-seed in the south. Rollins and West Florida fought an even match on the Tiedtke Tennis Courts earlier in the season, West Florida came out victorious, 4-2, after a number of close matches. The match will take place at Valdosta State, the second-seeded team in the region. The Tars and Argos will battle to face the winner of the match between Valdosta State and Saint Leo. All four teams in the bracket feature in the ITA top-20 nationally.
WHO TO WATCH:
Following a third-place finish in the stacked Sunshine State Conference Tournament, Rollins sits at 96-35 in singles play this season. They are led by the recently crowned SSC Men's Tennis Athlete of the Year Nicolo De Fraia. The senior is 20-1 in the top singles spot, 4-1 against nationally ranked competition, and ranked No. 13 in the ITA singles rankings. He was joined by Guillermo De Nicolas-Ruiz and Atakan Gezer on the All-SSC squads. Nicolas-Ruiz has tallied a 16-4 record, playing predominantly in the second position, while Gezer has earned a 19-2 mark playing on the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth courts.
De Fraia and Frederick Danielson earned Second Team Doubles All-SSC honor after registering a 15-7 mark out of the second position for Rollins. The pairs of Ziad Melhasoui and Andrea Brignacca, and Melhaoui and Gai Feigin have seen most of the top court doubles action, going 5-4 and 6-3, while being ranked No. 21 and No. 47, respectively. Overall, Rollins is 47-22 in doubles action this season.
The Argos fell to this weekend's host in the Gulf South Conference Championship last time out. It was the second time Valdosta State had edged West Florida this season. Sedar Bojadjiev leads the lines for the Argos. The junior was recently named Gulf South Conference Player of the Year, and is ranked No. 5 in the country in singles play. Juan Motta sits as the No. 41 player in the country, and plays predominantly in the fifth spot for the Argos. Juan Cabrera joins Bojadjiev on the First Team All-GSC list, and ranks as the No. 74 singles player in the country.
Bojadjiev and teammate Vitinho Galvoa catapulted up the ITA Doubles Rankings after the conference tournament, jumping from No. 46 to No. 25. The pair have split first position reps with two other teams. Overall, the Argos have used eight doubles combinations this season.
The winner of the first-round matchup will advance to take on the winner of the opening round match between Valdosta State and Saint Leo. That match is scheduled for Sunday, May 12, at 1 p.m.
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