Head Coach prepares men’s tennis for stellar season

February 15, 2018 Sports, Tennis

The Men’s Tennis team and head coach Ron Bohrnstedt strive for a successful 2018 season. The Tars opened the season ranked at 16th overall in the nation and look to make a run at the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) championship and the NCAA DII tournament.

In Bohrnstedt’s 16th season as the head coach of the Men’s Tennis team, he has compiled a challenging schedule that will push the players to play at the level of game that coach Bohrnstedt has set for his elite program over the years.

Under his coaching, the program holds three runner-up finishes in the conference, one SSC championship from 2004 and an appearance in the semifinals of the NCAA DII tournament during the same season.

Last spring, the Tars finished the season with a record 11-12 and a fourth place finish in the conference. The Men’s Tennis team reached the first round of the NCAA tournament. This appearance adds to the 52nd time the Rollins men’s tennis team had reached the tournament.

The team has battled in two games this season and has fallen short in both. In their previous game on Feb. 7, against the 11th-ranked team in the nation, the Flagler Saints, the Tars came close to pulling off the upset, losing 4-5.

In their two games, Nicolo De Fraia ‘19, a UCF transfer, leads the team in individual stats with a 2-0 record. Last year, the Italian native posted a 16-12 record as a sophomore, so his addition will be a vital one for the Rollins Tars and their spring season.

Another addition to the team included Guillermo De Nicholas-Ruiz, who is ranked 18th in the first National Singles Poll of the year.

As duo partners, Nicolo De Fraia and Guillermo De Nicholas-Ruiz are ranked as 8th best duo in the South region. Returning 10 players this season, the Tars hold experience that will be beneficial for a long spring season.

Their first home game of the season at Bert Martin Tennis Complex is on Saturday, Feb. 17 against Lynn University.

The Tars host multiple games the week following their match with the Fighting Knights, including a SSC conference match against the Eckerd Tritons on Thursday, Feb. 22. On Feb. 23, Rollins squares off against the West Florida Argonauts, who are ranked number one in the nation.

The Men’s Tennis team looks to return to the high standards the program sets every year.

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