MELBOURNE - Pairings for the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Men's Tennis Tournament have been announced and Florida Southern is seeded fifth in the April 20-22 event at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, which is being hosted by Eckerd College. The Moccasins will take on 4th-seeded Rollins at 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Florida Southern, ranked 38th in the latest NCAA Division II national rankings, and Rollins, ranked 28th, just played this past weekend with the Tars taking a 6-3 decision on Saturday in Winter Park.
The Moccasins finished the regular season with a 10-10 record and posted 3-4 record in the conference while Rollins finished with a 10-9 overall mark and a 4-3 league record.
Barry (18-1 and ranked second in the national poll) won the SSC regular season with a 7-0 record and will be the number one seed for the tournament, taking on No. 8 Eckerd (8-8), which finished 0-7 in league play.
Saint Leo (11-3 and ranked 3rd nationally), defending tournament champion, had a 6-1 mark in SSC matches and will be the number two seed. The Lions will face No. 7 Florida Tech (12-13 and ranked 48th), which had a 1-6 record.
The final quarterfinal pairing has No. 3 Lynn (17-4, 5-2 and ranked 8th nationally) taking on No. 6 Palm Beach Atlantic (12-8, 2-5).
The winner of the FSC/Rollins match will face the winner of the Barry/Eckerd match at 10 a.m. on Friday. The other semifinal will feature the winner of the Saint Leo/FIT match against the victor of the Lynn/PBA match,
The tournament championship and third place matches will be played Saturday at 10 a.m.
Florida Southern has won two SSC Tournament titles in 2000 and 2002.
SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE
MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
Thursday, April 20 - Quarterfinals
No. 1 Barry vs. No. 8 Eckerd - 10:00 AM
No. 4 Rollins vs. No. 5 Florida Southern - 10:00 AM
No. 2 Saint Leo vs. No. 7 Florida Tech - 10:00 AM
No. 3 Lynn vs. No. 6 Palm Beach Atlantic - 10:00 AM
Friday, April 21 - Semifinals
BU/EC vs. RC/FSC - 10:00 AM
SLU/FIT vs. LU/PBAU - 10:00 AM
Saturday, April 22 - Final
Championship - 10:00 AM