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Tars Look to Down Eagles and Hawks

Tars Look to Down Eagles and Hawks

Rollins (6-5, 0-2 SSC) vs. No. 47 Embry-Riddle (5-5, 1-3 SSC)
Rollins (6-5, 0-2 SSC) vs. Keiser (13-3, 7-0 The Sun) 

ERAU: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex
KU: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex 

ERAU: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
KU: Saturday, March 30, 2019 – 12:00 p.m. 

The Tars downed Florida National last time out to improve to 6-5 on the year.  Rollins will now face a pair of difficult opponents with No. 47 Embry-Riddle and the No. 2 NAIA team in the country Keiser.  The Tars will look to pick up their first SSC win of the year when taking on the Eagles.  With six of their next seven opponents ranked, the Rollins will be looking start the most difficult stretch of their schedule with a pair of wins. 

The Tars improved to 33-29 overall in singles play with their shutout of Florida National.  Alexandra Borg, Ola Durzynski, and Savanna Fuller have each taken their turn in the first position for Rollins.  Marie Debruyn has registered an 8-3 singles record on the season, going 1-0 in the fourth spot, 2-1 in the fifth, and 5-2 in the sixth.  Seniors Teresa Kaiser and Carlye Goldman join Debruyn as Tars with winning singles records, going 6-4 and 2-1 respectively.  Fuller and freshman Kaitlynn Groves are each 5-5 in singles action.  Borg and Kaiser form the top doubles partnership for Rollins, going 5-2 in the number one position.  Fuller and Goldman have seen most of the second court action, going 6-4, while four separate teams have combined for a 5-6 record on the third doubles court.  The No. 59 ranked singles player in the nation, Katie Dyson, has yet to see time for the Tars during dual match play. 

The Eagles jumped into the national conversation, reaching the No. 47 spot in the newest ITA Rankings.  Embry-Riddle picked up their first SSC win by defeating Tampa, 4-3 last time out.  Itxaso Blanco earned the No. 52 spot in the newest national singles poll.  The freshman is 5-3, playing in the first position for the Eagles.  She has picked up one win against other nationally ranked opposition.  Georgina Wood has amassed a 6-4 mark in 2019, going 2-3 in the second spot, and 4-1 in the third.  The pair lead an Embry-Riddle squad that is 27-30 overall in singles action.  Wood then teams up with Roberta Krvajica to form the No. 47 doubles team in the country.  However, the two have not seen any dual meet play together.  Instead Itxaso and Jillian Hobbs form the number one team, while Wood and Alexis Marshall see the second court action, with Krvajica and Mafalda Soares on the third. 

The Seahawks are 13-3 on the year, with their only losses coming to NCAA opposition Lynn, Nova Southeastern, and Division I Buffalo.  The NAIA National Singles Rankings are peppered with Keiser players; six Seahawks rank among the country's top-50.  Daniela Farfan leads the way at No. 5, with a 12-4 first court record.  Anais Gabriel sits seventh, and is 13-3 in the second position.  Sarah Schaerer, No. 17, Melanie Dveksler, No. 33, Aleksandra Grela, No. 35, and Lorene Foerste, No. 41, round out the Keiser contingent.  Emma Henriksen also see action, going 11-1 in the sixth spot.  The Seahawks also put their top three doubles pairs in the national ranks.  Schaerer and Foerste sit at 11-3 and No. 5 in the country.  The duo of Farfan and Henriksen are 13-2 and No. 9.  The team of Grela and Gabriel rank at No. 20, with a perfect, 14-0, third court record. 

The Tars will begin the SSC gauntlet by hosting Florida Tech at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2.  The match will be the first of four next week for Rollins, as they face No. 3 Saint Leo, No 41 Palm Beach Atlantic, and No. 1 Barry all at home. 

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