CHESTERTOWN, Md. — The visiting Franklin & Marshall College men's tennis team avenged a regular-season loss four days ago to host Washington College by defeating the Shoremen, 5-1, in the Centennial Conference Tournament's first round match this afternoon at Schottland Tennis Center. The Diplomats (7-9), who are ranked 14th in the Atlantic South region, move on to face top seed Johns Hopkins in a semifinal Saturday. The Shoremen, ranked 18th in the region, finish the year with a 12-6 record.
Franklin & Marshall 5, Washington College 1
- F&M won the first doubles match to finish as Inigo Flores and Jack Rothman, ranked 15th in doubles in the region, topped Chris Salisbury and Jake Sandler, 8-5, at No. 1.
- The Diplomats held a 2-0 lead for about five seconds. Will Samuels and Zack Levin finished off an 8-5 win against Luke Weaver and Jeremy Novick at No. 2, but moments later Zack Novick and Justin Panepinto put the Shoremen on the board by completing their 8-6 win against Andrew Pace and Isaac Salas at No. 3.
- Flores moved the Diplomats to a 3-1 lead with his 6-0, 6-3, win over Zack Novick at No. 4.
- Samuels added a 6-2, 6-3, victory against Jeremy Novick at No. 5 as F&M got to within one point of sealing the win.
- That win was then clinched by Salas as he defeated Sandler, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 2.
- Per Centennial Conference Tournament rules, the match was then stopped since a decision had been reached. Salisbury had won the first set against Rothman at No. 1, Levin had won the first set against Weaver at No. 3, and August Meriot had won the first set against Pace at No. 6.
- The Shoremen's 12-6 record matched their best record in the past nine years. They also went 12-6 in 2010. They were 14-3 in 2008.