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Tars Face SSC Gauntlet

Tars Face SSC Gauntlet

MATCH-UP:
Rollins (7-6, 1-2 SSC) vs. Florida Tech (9-4, 1-4 SSC)
Rollins (7-6, 1-2 SSC) vs. No. 2 Saint Leo (13-3, 3-2 SSC)
Rollins (7-6, 1-2 SSC) vs. No. 45 Palm Beach Atlantic (11-8, 2-5 SSC)
Rollins (7-6, 1-2 SSC) vs. No. 1 Barry (12-1, 4-1 SSC) 

WHERE:
FIT: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex
SLU: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex
PBA: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex
BU: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex 

WHEN:
FIT: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
SLU: Thursday, April 4, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
PBA: Friday, April 5, 2019 – 3:00 p.m.
BU: Sunday, April 7, 2019 – 11:00 a.m. 

SET-UP:
Head Coach Bev Buckley has four chances to earn career win number 500 this week for the Tars, as Rollins faces off against some of the stiffest competition in Division II.  Rollins is coming off a split week.  The Tars earned their first Sunshine State Conference win with a 5-2 upset over No. 47 Embry-Riddle before falling to NAIA No. 2 Keiser over the weekend.  Rollins now dives headfirst into the heart of conference play, facing four SSC teams, and three ranked teams this week.  Rollins will look to make a statement, and climb the SSC standings. 

WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins:
As a team the Tars moved to 38-36 in singles play.  Alexandra Borg, Ola Durzynski, and Savanna Fuller have each taken their turn in the first position for Rollins.  Borg added an upset win to her resume, defeating the No. 52 singles player in the country in the Tars' victory over Embry-Riddle last week.  Marie Debruyn has earned an 9-4 singles record on the season, going 1-0 in the fourth spot, 2-1 in the fifth, and 6-3 in the sixth.  Seniors Teresa Kaiser and Carlye Goldman join Debruyn as Tars with winning singles records, Kaiser going 7-5 on the year.  Fuller tallied the Tars lone point against Keiser, improving to 6-6 overall.  Borg and Kaiser form the top doubles partnership for Rollins, going 7-2 in the number one position, and earning the No. 27 national doubles ranking.  Fuller and Goldman have seen most of the second court action, going 6-4, while four separate teams have combined for a 6-7 record on the third doubles court. 

Florida Tech:
The Panthers started the season on a roll, but have lost three of their last four.  Florida Tech suffered a 7-0 setback against SSC foe Nova Southeastern last time out.  The Panthers have amassed a 50-26 singles record.  They are led by Alahna Reto who has tallied an 8-5 overall record in the top position, and jumped to No. 45 in the National Singles Rankings last week.  The senior, however, has lost her last two matches, and is 1-4 against fellow SSC competitors.  Maria Chun holds the most dual match wins for Florida Tech, going 10-3 in the third spot.  The two combine to form the nation's No. 43 doubles team and Panthers' number one doubles option. 

Saint Leo:
The Lions had a six match winning streak snapped by No. 1 Barry last time out.  Saint Leo will look to get back on track with a showdown against Eckerd on Wednesday, before they travel to Winter Park.  The Lions have fared well in singles action this season, going 71-23 overall, and putting three names in the national rankings.  Kristyna Jurkova leads the way at No. 26, going 11-4 overall, including a 10-4 record in the second position.  Marta Vicens Miquel jumped to No. 43 from No. 69 in the latest poll.  The sophomore is 10-5 overall, in the number one spot, and has picked up one win against nationally ranked opposition.  Andrea Ivanovic rounds out the list, breaking into the ranks at No. 70, on the back of an 8-4 overall record, and a nationally ranked win.  Three teams have split time in the top singles position, with Jurkova and Ivanovic leading the trio at 6-3.  Overall the Lions are 26-22 in double play this season. 

Palm Beach Atlantic:
The Sailfish have dropped three of their last four, all coming against SSC teams.  Palm Beach Atlantic fell to No. 1 Barry and No. 7 Lynn before downing Florida Tech, but dropped a contest against No. 2 Saint Leo last time out.  Vanessa Buchbinder and Bella Mermersky have split time on the top singles court for the Sailfish.  Buchbinder is 12-7 overall, 4-6 in the one spot and 8-1 in the second, 3-4 in conference matches, and has one win in five tries against nationally ranked opponents.  Mermersky is 9-9 overall, going 6-3 in the first position, and 3-6 in the second.  The sophomore also has one nationally ranked win, but has cooled lately, going just 2-5 against SSC opposition.  Buchbinder and Yuliia Russu are 12-6 in the first doubles spot.  The pair, who are ranked No. 28 in the national doubles poll, lead a squad that is a 30-24 in doubles action. 

Barry:
The Bucs lone stumble this season came against No. 7 Lynn, but Barry recovered to shutout No. 2 Saint Leo last time out.  The top-ranked Bucs will look to keep rolling with a trip to Lakeland, to take on Florida Southern on Saturday, before making their way to Rollins on Sunday.  Barry peppered the national singles poll with five players.  Carolin Schmidt leads the way at No. 30.  The senior is 10-1 on the year, including 5-1 in the first spot.  Verena Schmid is 4-1 overall, and 31-3 in her Barry career, and ranked No. 48 in the country.  Julie Razafindranaly is a perfect 9-0, playing in the second, third, fourth, and fifth spots, and ranked No. 51.  Eleonore Barrere is No. 53, and is 7-1 overall.  Jill Engelmann, who rounds out the contingent at No. 68, is 10-0, and has picked up the Bucs' only win over a ranked foe on the year.  Schmid teams up with Zuza Maciejewska to form the top-ranked doubles team in the nation.  The pair are 7-1 overall.  Engelmann and Barrere also jumped into the latest ranks, at No. 24, going a perfect 6-0 so far in 2019.  Overall, Barry is 33-5 in doubles play. 

UP NEXT:
The Tars continue the journey through the SSC, taking to the road to face No. 12 Florida Southern on Wednesday, April 10.  First serve from Lakeland will be at 3 p.m. 

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