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Rollins Tips off Season in Puerto Rico

Rollins Tips off Season in Puerto Rico

Match-up:
Rollins vs. Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras | Friday, November 8 – 4 p.m.
Rollins vs. Puerto Rico – Bayamon | Saturday, November 9 – 4 p.m.

Where:
San Juan, Puerto Rico | The College of San Juan 

Coverage:
LISTEN: Tars Sports Network

Set-up:
For the first time in program history, Rollins will play in Puerto Rico as the Tars open the 2019-20 season in San Juan on November 8 and 9. Head Coach Glenn Wilkes Jr. enters his 34th year leading the team and is tasked with replacing two of the program's all-time best defenders in Carly McLendon and Vernisha Andrews. However, a group of four seniors and three juniors are ready to step up and build upon the Tars solid end to last season, culminating in a trip to the SSC Semifinals. Both Rio Piedras and Bayamon get rare home games to start the year and will look to knock off the Tars and start their seasons on a high note.

Tracking the Tars:
Rollins finished last year 12-16 overall and 8-6 in Sunshine State Conference play, grabbing the seven seed in the SSC Tournament. Riding its stingy defense, the Tars upset second-seed Tampa on the road before getting bounced by Eckerd. Six of the Tars top-seven scorers from last  season return this year, led by Puerto Rico native Yari Martinez-Toro. The junior put up 8.3 points a game while handing out 58 assists in 26 games. Senior Denise Daniels has been a rock for the Tars over the last three years and is coming off a 7.3 points, 4.9 rebounds per game junior season. Jaylyn Harrison averaged 7.1 points and led the team with 2.5 assists a night. Rachel Jablonski (6.6 ppg), Tianna Rosser (6.2 ppg) and Rachel Lia (6.0 ppg) will also bolster the Tars attack this year.

Rollins averaged 61.7 points a game last season while allowing 59.7. The Tars continued to dominate the glass under Wilkes, beating teams in rebounding by more than seven a night.

Notes:

  • Rollins is 16-0 against Puerto Rico – Rio Piedras.
  • Rollins is 7-1 against P.R.-Bayamon with the only loss coming in 2004 (64-58).
  • All time, the Tars are 31-15 in season openers.
  • Under Glenn Wilkes Jr., Rollins is 28-5 in season openers, also having won its last three.
  • Rollins returns three starters and 11 letter winners from last year's squad.
  • Glenn Wilkes Jr. is the third winningest active coach in NCAA Division II with a record of 709-264. His 709 victories are the fifth most all-time.

Next up:
The Tars travel to Melbourne for the Florida Tech Tip-off, November 15-16. Rollins will meet Clayton State at 4 p.m. to open the event before a return clash with PR Bayamon on November 16 at 2 p.m. The Tars home opener is set for Tuesday, November 19 at 5:30 p.m. against Puerto Rico Mayaguez. Fans can follow the Tars all season long on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com and locally on 91.5 FM WPRK.