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Men's Tennis Opens Season at #7 Flagler

Men's Tennis Opens Season at #7 Flagler

Matchup:

Rollins at #7 Flagler

Location:

St. Augustine, Fla. - Flagler Tennis Center

When:

Tuesday, February 4 - 3:00 pm

Coverage:

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Pregame:

Rollins Men's Tennis will be tested early in the 2020 season, travelig up I-95 for a road match against the natonally ranked Flagler Saints. For the first time in 18 years, the Tars will not be led by Ron Bohrnstedt. The former pro decided to step down and enjoy retirement as of February 1, 2020. His position will be filled by a pair of familiar faces. Nicolo de Fraia, who was the SSC player of the year in 2019, and Tars Hall of Famer Anzela Zguna will serve as co-interim head coaches for the upcoming season. Rollins finished last season with an 18-7 record and an appearance in the ITA South Regional. They were picked to finish fourth in the Sunshine State Conference. One of their wins last year was a 5-2 victory over Flagler on February 28. The Saints ended their 2019 season with a 16-8 record, but fell as the #1 seed in the ITA Southeast Regional. they enter 2020 as the #4 seed in the powerhouse Peach Belt conference, and #7 in the ITA national rankings. 

Scouting the Tars:

Junior Atakan Gezer posted a 19-3 overall record last year, and will be joined near the top of the depth chart by sophomore Andrea Brignacca, who went 15-4. The roster features two seniors, three juniors, two sophomores, and three freshmen. Rollins played in two events during the fall season, with Gezer, Brignacca, and Freddy Danielson all playing well. 

Scouting the Saints:

Senior Luca Bolla is the ace of the Flagler squad. The Italian checks in at #7 in the South Region individual singles poll, and earned a spot on the Peach Belt preseason All-Conference team. Bolla went 17-14 in individual matches last year, mostly out of the third position. He is joined in the singles poll by Felipe Carvalho, who checked in at #12. Carvalho had the most wins for Flagler last spring, going 22-13 from the fourth position. 

What's Next

Rolins will have their first home matches of the season next week. On Tuesday, February 11 the Tars will host Florida National. They will then open conference play on Sunday morning against SSC foe Lynn University in Winter Park.