Diplomats Dismantle Dragons

LANCASTER, Pa. - No. 7 Franklin & Marshall opened its 2012-13 campaign in convincing fashion with a 9-0 drubbing of No. 26 Drexel on Friday evening at the Mayser Center. The Diplomats (1-0) captured straight-game victories in all but one position to down the Dragons (0-1).

Guilherme de Melo defeated Ibrahim Bakir at the No. 1 position with scores of 11-7, 11-7, 11-6, Mauricio Sedano took down Justin Singh at No. 2 12-10, 11-5, 11-6, and Pedro Veiga de Almeida opened his career with an 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 triumph over Binura Jayasuriya at No. 3.

At No. 4, Ryan Mullaney cruised to an 11-3, 11-7, 11-7 victory over Mike Dolente, while Alex Arjoon (14-12, 11-5, 11-7) and Jack Cutler (11-8, 11-5, 11-5) won with relative ease at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots, respectively.

Dylan Cunningham posted an 11-9, 11-6, 11-3 win at No. 7 in his career-opening match, while  Pat Cunningham shook off a first game loss to earn an 3-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-3 win at No. 8, and Chris Bown tallied an 11-9, 12-10, 11-4 win at No. 9 to round out the shutout victory.

The Diplomats are back in action tomorrow with a showdown at defending national champion and No. 1 Princeton at 12:00 p.m.

#7 Franklin & Marshall 9, #26 Drexel

1. Guilherme de Melo (F&M) def. Ibrahim Bakir (DREX) 11-7, 11-7, 11-6

2. Mauricio Sedano (F&M) def. Justin Singh (DREX) 12-10, 11-5, 11-6

3. P. Veiga de Almeida (F&M) def. Binura Jayasuriya (DREX) 11-7, 11-8, 11-6

4. Ryan Mullaney (F&M) def. Mike Dolente (DREX) 11-3, 11-7, 11-7

5. Alex Arjoon (F&M) def. Mark Kauf (DREX) 14-12, 11-5, 11-7

6. Jack Cutler (F&M) def. Joey Gingold (DREX) 11-8, 11-5, 11-5

7. Dylan Cunningham (F&M) def. Nick DiDonato (DREX) 11-9, 11-6, 11-3

8. Pat Cunningham (F&M) def. Harshil Dokania (DREX) 3-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-3

9. Chris Bown (F&M) def. Ben Bevan (DREX) 11-9, 12-10, 11-4

Exh. Aadit Zaveri (F&M) def. Kevin Sacherman (DREX) 11-2, 11-7, 11-0