No. 20 Rollins (2-0, 0-0 SSC) vs. Bates (1-0, 0-0 NESCAC)
No. 20 Rollins (2-0, 0-0 SSC) at No. 5 Lynn (4-0, 1-0 SSC)
No. 20 Rollins (2-0, 0-0 SSC) at No. 8 Nova Southeastern (4-0, 0-0 SSC)
Bates: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex
Lynn: Boca Raton, Fla. – Perper Tennis Complex
NSU: Fort Lauderdale, Fla. – NSU Tennis Center at Rollins Hills
Bates: Wednesday, February 20, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
Lynn: Saturday, February 23, 2019 – 10:00 a.m.
NSU: Sunday, February 24, 2019 – 10:00 a.m.
Lynn: Live Stats
The Tars are set for a busy week of action, as they face Division III Bates, before opening Sunshine State Conference play with a pair of top-10 opponents, No. 5 Lynn and No. 8 Nova Southeastern. No. 20 Rollins traveled to Valdosta State last time out, improving to 2-0 with a 5-0 win. Bates, who enters the year ranked No. 37 among Division III schools, opened their season with a win over Merrimack. The highly touted Fighting Knights have started the year 4-0, including convincing wins over No. 7 Saint Leo and NAIA No. 2 Keiser. The Sharks have also upended four teams in their perfect start to 2019, including No. 25 Georgia College. The Tars will look to continue their strong start to the year, as they ramp up the competition.
WHO TO WATCH:
The nation's No. 31 ranked singles player, Katie Dyson has yet to see official action for the Tars in their season opening wins. Savanna Fuller has instead led the way for Rollins. The senior is 2-0 on the year, winning in both the first and second spots. Alexandra Borg, who is currently touted as the No. 13 player in the South Region, earned a convincing win on the first court against Valdosta State. Marie Debruyn has also picked up a pair of singles victory in the Tars' first two matches. The Tars have yet to solidify their doubles pairings; however, Teresa Kaiser has picked up two first position doubles wins, teaming up with Borg once and freshman Kaitlynn Groves once, while the duo of Fuller and Carlye Goldman are 2-0 in the second position.
The Bobcats make the trek south from Maine for their second match of the season, but the first of this calendar year. Bates posted a convincing 5-2 win over Merrimack to open the season in October, but have been preparing for the majority of their slate throughout the winter. Hannah Sweeney, an ITA Scholar Athlete in 2018, dominated in the first position 6-2, 6-2, and Anna Rozin posted a straight set second court win, 6-1, 6-2, for the win four months ago. Bates can look to three seniors for leadership; Hannah Londour also picked up a singles win against Merrimack, while Bella Stone and Morgan Woods were also ITA Scholar Athletes for the 2018 season. Rozin and Sweeney teamed up to form the top position doubles team for the Bobcats in the fall.
The Fighting Knights are coming off a 2018 in which they fell in the SSC Tournament Championship and the South Region 2 Championship. Lynn hopes to take the next step this season, as they enter the year as the fifth ranked team in Division II. Arkansas transfer Leolia Jeanjean has seen the majority of the top position action for Lynn, going 3-0 on the year, and dropping just three games. Natalia Siedliska has been a force in the second position, also going 3-0, with two wins over nationally ranked foes. Frederica Mordegan and Eleonora Liga have also contributed for the Fighting Knights; the pair rank No. 17 and No. 20 in the South Region respectively. Jeanjean and Siedliska form Lynn's top doubles pair. Mordegan and Eliska Petrackova play on the second court while ranking No. 6 in the ITA South Region Doubles poll.
The Sharks entered 2018 with high expectations, after a fourth place finish in the SSC Tournament in 2018. Ana Navas highlights the highly regarded Nova Southeastern singles lineup. The senior sits No. 9 in the ITA National Singles Rankings and has started the year 3-0, in three first position matches. Natalie Espinal is close behind her at No. 13 and has tallied a 4-0 mark, going 1-0 in the first spot, and 3-0 in the second. Overall, the Sharks are 23-1 in singles play through four dual matches. Navas and Daniela Obando see the first court doubles action for Nova Southeastern. The pair, who are ranked No. 12 in the National Doubles list, are 3-0 on the year, as the Sharks are undefeated in doubles play. Nova Southeastern faces a pair SSC tests before the Tars visit, as they travel to Palm Beach Atlantic and host Embry-Riddle.
The Tars return home for a battle with Bates. The Tars and the Bobcats will face off on Wednesday, February 20, with first serve set for 4 p.m.
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