WINTER PARK, Fla. - With the final SSC regular-season matches being played on Saturday, the pairings have been set for the 2012 Florida Blue Sunshine State Conference Tennis Championship, it was announced late Saturday evening. The event will be hosted April 19-21 at the Beerman Tennis Center in Lakeland, Fla.
In the men's bracket, Lynn clinched the No. 1 seed and a quarterfinal bye with a perfect 6-0 mark in SSC play.
The Lions were tagged with the No.4 seed and will challenge rival Florida Southern in the quarterfinals. The Lions have won their last two matches against their conference foes, including a 7-2 win on March 29. The match is scheduled to get underway on Thursday, April 19 at 9 a.m. from the Beerman Tennis Complex. The Lions compiled a 3-3 slate in SSC matches, while the Moccasins were 2-4.
The No. 2 seed went to Rollins, which compiled a 5-1 conference mark. The Tars will open tournament action in Thursday's quarterfinals against No. 7 Eckerd (0-6 SSC) at 9 a.m. Barry took the No. 3 seed with a 4-2 SSC tally. The Buccaneers begin their SSC title quest against No. 6 Florida Tech (1-5) at 9 a.m. Thursday.
In the women's bracket, Barry took the top seed with a perfect 8-0 SSC record. The Buccaneers will open quarterfinal action on Thursday at noon versus No. 8 seed Tampa (1-7).
As for the Lions, Saint Leo secured their highest slot in program history as they took stake to the No.3 seed. In their quarterfinal match on Thursday, April 19, the Lions will square off with sixth-seeded Florida Tech (4-4) with doubles beginning at 2 p.m. The Lions defeated Florida Tech, 6-3, in their only meeting of the year last February 24 in Melbourne, Fla. The Lions finished their SSC schedule with a program-best five conference wins.
With a 7-1 conference mark, Lynn will enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed and will meet No. 7 Florida Southern (3-5) at 2 p.m. Thursday.
The earliest women's match on Thursday will feature No. 4 Rollins taking on No. 5 Nova Southeastern at 11:30 a.m.
Teams that post victories in Thursday's quarterfinals will move on to Friday's semifinals. Those who lose will remain alive in backdraw play.
A complete SSC Florida Blue Tennis Championship schedule appears below. Admission to all matches at the Beerman Tennis Center is free. Results and box scores will be posted on the SSC Tennis Tournament Central page throughout the event.
2012 FLORIDA BLUE SSC TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Quarterfinals - Thursday, April 19
* The No. 1-seeded men's team received a quarterfinal bye.
(Men) No. 4 Saint Leo vs. No. 5 Florida Southern
(Men) No. 3 Barry vs. No. 6 Florida Tech
(Men) No. 2 Rollins vs. No. 7 Eckerd
(Women) No. 4 Rollins vs. No. 5 Nova Southeastern
(Women) No. 1 Barry vs. No. 8 Tampa
(Women) No. 3 Saint Leo vs. No. 6 Florida Tech
(Women) No. 2 Lynn vs. No. 7 Florida Southern
Semifinals & Backdraw - Friday, April 20
Men's Semifinal: No. 1 vs. Winner No. 4/5
Men's Semifinal: Winner No. 2/7 vs. Winner No. 3/6
Women's Semifinal: Winner No. 1/8 vs. Winner No. 4/5
Men's Backdraw: Loser No. 2/7 vs. Loser No. 3/6
Women's Semifinal: Winner No. 2/7 vs. Winner No. 3/6
Women's Backdraw: Loser No. 1/8 vs. Loser No. 4/5
Women's Backdraw: Loser No. 2/7 vs. Loser No. 3/6
Championships & Consolation Matches - Saturday, April 21
Men's Championship: Semifinal Winners
Men's Third Place: Semifinal Losers
Women's Championship: Semifinal Winners
Men's Fifth Place: Backdraw Winner vs. Loser No. 4/5 (from Thursday)
Women's Third Place: Semifinal Losers
Women's Fifth Place: Backdraw Winners
Women's Seventh Place: Backdraw Losers