Ranked 38th nationally, the Rollins Women’s Tennis team played an unbelievable match on Wednesday, March 2 to upset top-ranked Number 4, Saint Leo University. The Tars propelled past their 3—3 overall record to move past the .500 mark and become 2—1 in the Sunshine State Conference.
Right out of the gate, Rollins swept through the doubles matches 3—0. Number-one-slotted Fabiana Vitanza ’18 and Carlye Goldman ’18 defeated Marine Beugre-Guyot and Maja Pindelska. Their continuous effort and team camaraderie throughout the match showed in their 9—7 victory.
Second-slotted Shannon Etten ’18 and Alexandra Borg ‘20, along with third-slotted sophomores Savanna Fuller ‘19 and Teresa Kaiser ‘19 earned the win with a score of 8—6. These triumphs were essential in the Tars’ overall victory over the Lions.
However, the Lions did not bow their heads and instead continued to rally throughout the match. Saint Leo won many of the singles matches, leaving the fifth and sixth singles up for grabs. Thankfully, Kaiser gracefully defeated her opponent with a three-set victory. Fuller also fought through a long rally to win the set on an opponent’s fault into the net.
Rollins Tars are set to visit Ft. Lauderdale on March 4 to face Number 15, Nova Southeastern, at 10:30 a.m. The underdog mentality Rollins took into the Saint Leo match should hopefully propel the Women’s team forward through the season to beat more highly-ranked teams, including Nova.
Rollins Tars are set to visit Ft. Lauderdale on March 4 to face number 15 Nova Southeastern at 10:30 a.m. The underdog mentality Rollins took into the Saint Leo match should hopefully propel them forward through the season to beat more highly-ranked teams, such as Nova.