MELBOURNE - Pairings for the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Women's Tennis Tournament have been announced and Florida Southern is seeded third in the April 20-22 event at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, which is being hosted by Eckerd College. The Moccasins will take on 6th-seeded Saint Leo at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Florida Southern, ranked 25th in the latest ITA Division II rankings, and No. 29 Saint Leo, concluded the regular season on Wednesday in Lakeland with the Lions emerging with a 5-4 win over the Moccasins.
The Moccasins finished the regular season with a 13-6 record and posted 6-3 record in the conference while Saint Leo finished with a 9-6 overall and 5-4 league record.
In the other 3:30 p.m. quarterfinal pairings, #1 Barry (22-0, 9-0 SSC), ranked third in the NCAA Division II national rankings, takes on #8 Florida Tech (13-10, 2-7); #4 Nova Southeastern (9-8, 5-4), ranked 26th, plays #5 Rollins (10-9, 5-4), ranked 27th; and #2 Lynn (18-1, 8-1), ranked second in the country and defending tournament champion, faces #7 Tampa (9-7, 3-6).
The winner of the FSC/Saint Leo match will face the winner of the Lynn/Tampa match at 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The other semifinal will feature the winner of the Barry/Florida Tech match against the winner of the NSU/Rollins match.
The tournament championship and third place matches will be played Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Florida Southern has won 11 SSC Tournament titles, the last coming in 1993.
SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE
WOMEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT
Thursday, April 20 - Quarterfinals
No. 1 Barry vs. No. 8 Florida Tech - 3:30 PM
No. 4 Nova Southeastern vs. No. 5 Rollins - 3:30 PM
No. 2 Lynn vs. No. 7 Tampa - 3:30 PM
No. 3 Florida Southern vs. No. 6 Saint Leo - 3:30 PM
Friday, April 21 - Semifinals
BU/FIT vs. NSU/RC - 3:30 PM
LU/UT vs. FSC/SLU - 3:30 PM
Saturday, April 22 - Final
Championship - 3:30 PM