No. 47 Rollins (9-10, 3-5 SSC) vs. No. 49 Palm Beach Atlantic (11-8, 2-5 SSC)
No. 47 Rollins (9-10, 3-5 SSC) vs. Tampa (11-7, 3-6 SSC)
PBA: Winter Park, Fla. – Bert Martin Tennis Complex
UT: Tampa, Fla. – Naimoli and Young Family Tennis Complex
PBA: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 – 4:00 p.m.
UT: Wednesday, April 17, 2019 – 3:00 p.m.
The Tars are coming off a senior day loss to Divison I Temple, but must turn their focus to their final two matches of the 2019 season. The No. 47 Tars face a pair of Sunshine State Conference schools, with valuable seeding in the upcoming conference tournament at stake. Rollins starts the week with a contest against No. 49 Palm Beach Atlantic, making up a match that was rained out two weeks prior. The Tars then close the regular season by visiting the Tampa Spartans.
WHO TO WATCH:
As a team the Tars moved even, to 55-55, in singles play, last week. Alexandra Borg, Ola Durzynski, and Savanna Fuller have each taken their turn in the first position for Rollins. Borg has seen most of the recent action in the top spot, going 6-9 overall this season, and picking up two wins against nationally ranked opposition. Marie Debruyn has earned an 13-6 singles record on the season, going 1-0 in the fourth spot, 3-1 in the fifth, and 9-5 in the sixth, to lead the Tars in wins. Senior Teresa Kaiser in right behind her, tallying a 12-6 mark from the third, fourth, and fifth spots. Borg and Kaiser have earned a 7-4 mark in the number one doubles position, while Borg and Ola Durzynski have combined to go 4-0 in that spot. Fuller and Goldman have seen both second and third court action, combining to go 12-6 in doubles play.
Palm Beach Atlantic:
The Sailfish have dropped three in a row, and five of their last six, all coming against SSC teams. Palm Beach Atlantic fell to No. 2 Saint Leo, No. 46 Embry-Riddle, and Tampa last time out. Vanessa Buchbinder and Bella Mermersky have split time on the top singles court for the Sailfish. Buchbinder is 13-7 overall, 5-6 in the one spot and 8-1 in the second, 4-4 in conference matches, and has one win in five tries against nationally ranked opponents. Mermersky is 9-10 overall, going 6-3 in the first position, and 3-7 in the second. The sophomore also has one nationally ranked win, but has cooled lately, going just 2-7 in the Sailfish last 10 matches. Buchbinder and Yuliia Russu are 13-6 in the first doubles spot. The pair, who are ranked No. 37 in the national doubles poll, lead a team that is a 32-25 in doubles action.
The Spartans upset Palm Beach Atlantic last weekend to start a road trip, but fell to the top-ranked Barry Bucs to end their venture to South Florida. Vanina Iordanova has seen all of the first position action for the Spartans, going 9-9 on the year. Corbin Dorsey has also tallied a 9-9 record, in the second spot, and currently sits at No. 71 in the ITA Singles Rankings. Caroline Lozo and Maddie Stephens lead the squad with 12 wins on the year. Overall, the Spartans are 66-42 in singles action. Lozo and Dakota Busch team up to create the Spartans top doubles pair; the duo are 9-6 in the first spot. Corsey and Stephens are 11-4 in the second, while the Spartans have sent four team into the third spot.
The Tars will wait to learn their SSC Tournament fate. The event will begin on Friday, April 26, at IMG Academy in Bradenton.
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