TAMPA – The 2016 Sunshine State Conference men's and women's tennis tournaments will take place April 28-30 at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. In each event, the top six finishing teams in the regular season standings advanced to play in the event, with the winners in each tournament earning a berth in the NCAA Division II postseason tournament.
The men's tournament gets underway on Thursday, April 28 with the top two seeded teams earning a bye the first day while the remaining four seeds will play at 2 pm. The semifinals are slated for Friday, April 29, at 2 p.m. with the championship scheduled for 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.
Saint Leo (20-1), which won the regular season with a perfect 6-0 league record, is the top seed for the tournament while Barry (13-5) is the number two seed after placing second with a 5-1 record.
Lynn (14-6) earned the number three seed with a 4-2 mark and will face sixth-seeded Florida Tech (12-10) while posted a 1-5 record in SSC action. The winner will play Barry. Florida Southern (14-9) earns the fourth-seed with a 3-3 record and will play fifth-seeded Rollins (8-13) which finished at 2-4 in the SSC. Saint Leo awaits the victor.
In the last Oracle/ITA Colleguate Rankings released on March 23, Saint Leo was the nation's second ranked team while Barry was number seven. Lynn came in at #9 while Rollins was 30th. Florida Tech was 42nd while Florida Southern was #43. A new poll is to be released on Wednesday.
The Moccasins downed Rollins, 5-4, on April 6 in a match played at home at the Warden Tennis Center. Florida Southern also defeated Florida Tech (8-1), Rollins (5-4), and Eckerd (8-1), but lost to Lynn (8-1), Barry (9-0), and Saint Leo (9-0).
The Moccasins have won the Sunshine State Conference Tournament twice, winning it all in 2000 and 2001.
Florida Southern's 14-9 overall record and 3-3 SSC record are the best mark for the Moccasins since the 2011 team finished with a 15-9 overall record and an identical 3-3 SSC mark.
2016 SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT
Hillsborough Community College - Tampa, FL
Saturday, April 30
2:00 pm – Championship Match - LIVE STATS