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No. 16 Tars Sail into Vital Week of SSC Action

No. 16 Tars Sail into Vital Week of SSC Action

No. 16 Rollins (11-6, 4-2 SSC) vs. Eckerd (3-11, 0-8 SSC)
No. 16 Rollins (11-6, 4-2 SSC) vs. No. 15 Florida Southern (11-6, 4-3 SSC) 

EC: Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 4:00 p.m. | Bert Martin Tennis Complex
FSC: Friday, April 6, 2018 | 4:00 p.m. | Bert Martin Tennis Complex 

The Tars look to cement their spot in the national conversation with a pair of Sunshine State Conference games this week.  Rollins is coming off a 6-3, conference, win over Embry-Riddle which boosted their conference record to 4-2.  The Tars jumped up the national poll three spots, from No. 19 to No. 16, as they now prepare to host Eckerd and No. 15 Florida Southern this week.  The Tars will honor senior Fabiana Vitanza prior to their contest against the Mocs. 

A deep singles rotation has led the Tars to a 53-46 overall record this season.  Katie Dyson has gone 8-1 since entering the line up for Rollins.  The London, England native has tallied 1-0 records in the second and sixth positions, while going 6-1 in the third spot.  Marie Debruyn highlights the Tars' depth, as the sophomore has amassed a 10-3 record in the fifth and sixth positions.  Alexandra Borg is 7-7 in the second position, while Fabiana Vitanza continues to see the first court action. 

The duo of Vitanza and Borg leaped up the ITA National Double rankings in the most recent week, jumping from No. 29 all the way to No. 7.  The pair are 9-6 on the year, playing exclusively in the top spot, with one win over nationally ranked opposition.  Dyson and Teresa Kaiser are 7-3 in the second position, with Debruyn and Savanna Fuller 6-3 in the third. 

Eckerd enters the week on a three game losing skid, most recently falling 9-0 to the No. 15 Florida Southern Mocs.  During the stretch the Tritons have been outscored 25-2. 

The Triton lineup has been consistent, with the same players playing in the same positions for every match this season.  Taylor Selby has seen all the the first spot play, accumulating a 4-10 record.  Joyce Fields has had the most productive singles season for the Tritons, tallying a 6-8 mark in the second position. 

Eckerd has used only three doubles partnerships on the year, who have combined for a 13-29 overall record.  Fields and Selby make up the top position team, and have earned a 5-9 overall mark.  The Tritons are still looking for their first doubles win in SSC play. 

Florida Southern picked up conference wins against Eckerd and Palm Beach Atlantic last week, however, the streak was stopped with an 8-1 loss against No. 4 Barry.  The Mocs will host Embry-Riddle on Wednesday before making the short drive east to Winter Park. 

Sasha Nionova leads the Mocs, who are a combined 64-38, in singles action.  The senior has seen action in only four matches, but has earned a 4-2 record in the top position, earning her the No. 46 spot in the National ITA Singles Poll.  Lorena Rionda has split time between the first and second courts this season, earning a 7-7 overall record and the No. 68 national ranking. 

The Mocs boast two ranked doubles partnerships on the season, both featuring junior Selin Devrimci.  The Oslo, Norway native has teamed up with Nionova to go 5-3 in the top position, and earn the No. 12 ranking.  Rionda and Devrimci make the No. 30 doubles partnership in the nation, going 3-1 in the top spot.

The Tars will conclude their regular season with two more matchups against ranked SSC foes.  The Tars will head to Tampa on Thursday, April 12, for a matchup against No. 25 Tampa before finishing the regular season by hosting No. 7 Lynn on Saturday, April 14, at 10 a.m. 

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