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PREVIEW: Tars Open SSC Play as Part of Busy Week

PREVIEW: Tars Open SSC Play as Part of Busy Week

Rollins (1-1) at No. 6 Flagler (1-3)
Rollins (1-1) at Palm Beach Atlantic (3-3)
Rollins (1-1) at No. 2 Barry (4-0) 

Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 3:00 p.m. | St. Augustine, Fla.
Saturday, February 17, 2018 | 10:30 a.m. | West Palm Beach, Fla.
Sunday, February 18, 2018 | 10:00 a.m. | Miami Shores, Fla. 

Coming off a strong win over Gustavus Adolphus, the Tars will take to the road for the first time this season.  Rollins will begin the road stand with a visit to St. Augustine to take on No. 6 Flagler.  The Tars will remain away from home over the weekend, as they face off against Sunshine State Conference rivals Palm Beach Atlantic, and defending National Champions, and preseason No. 2, Barry. 

Alexandra Borg highlighted the Tars victory over the Golden Gusties last time out.  The sophomore downed the No. 5 player in Division III 6-1, 6-1 in the first position.  Rollins also got wins from Carlye Goldman, Marie Debruyn and Lauren Lepore.  Debruyn remains undefeated on the year at 2-0, with wins in both the fifth and sixth spots. 

The Tars have used five separate doubles pairs through their two matches in 2018.  Borg and Savanna Fuller tallied a first position victory against Gustavus Adolphus.  Debruyn and Teresa Kaiser are 1-1 on the year, with a win in the second spot. 

Flagler has started their campaign with string of tough games against SSC opposition.  The Peach Belt Conference institution has opened with three straight losses to No. 14 Nova Southeastern, No. 1 Lynn, and No. 2 Barry, before picking up a win over Palm Beach Atlantic last time out. 

Lizanne Jinkertz leads the singles lineup for the Saints, coming in at No. 25 in the ITA National singles rankings.  Felisitas Runkel earned the No. 18 spot in the Southeast Region polls.  Both women have started the year 2-2.  Anika Nissen is off to a 3-1 start to her freshman season, playing out of the sixth position. 

Jinkertz and Paloma Martinez combined to form the No. 10 doubles pair in the Southeast, however, the pair has yet to appear together in a dual match this year.  Jinkert and Camila Ramazzini have struggled, going 0-4 in the first position. 

Palm Beach Atlantic has started 2018 3-3, winning a pair of games at the Florence City Tournament to start the season.  The Sailfish then picked up an upset win over No. 25 Valdosta State, before dropping their last two, to No. 5 West Florida and No. 6 Flagler. 

The Sailfish have sent three players onto the number one singles court this season, Laura Anderson, Bella Mermersky, and Yuliia Russu.  Mermersky and Michaela Mignemi each hold winning singles records for PBA. 

Taylor Conti and Mermersky form the No. 10 doubles pair in the South Region.  Conti, however, has teamed up with Russu in the dual match season, going 5-1 in the first position. 

Barry has gotten off to a dominating start in 2018, coming off a National Championship in 2017.  The Bucs sit at 4-0 and have outscored their opponents 34-2.  Barry has wins over SSC rivals Eckerd and Embry-Riddle, and an 8-1 win over No. 6 Flagler. 

Sonja Larsen, 2017 All-SSC First Team honoree, and the No. 1 ranked singles player nationally, headlines the Bucs lineup.  She is 3-0 on the year so far; one of six Bucs who remain unbeaten so far in dual match singles play.  Larsen is joined in the National Poll by Verena Schmid. 

Barry is still undefeated in doubles play; as a unit they are 12-0 in the young campaign.  Larsen and Schmid then team up to form a formidable double pair, ranked No. 14 in the country, and No. 3 in the South Region.  The pair is 4-0 on the year, playing mostly out of the second spot.  The number one position has usually been occupied by Julie Razafindranaly and Hannah Seizer, who are 3-0 in the top position.

The Tars will prepare for another important week.  Rollins will visit SSC foe Florida Tech on Tuesday, February 20, before playing a neutral site match against No. 5 West Florida at the USTA National Campus in Orlando. 

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