F&M Falls to TCNJ

F&M Falls to TCNJ

EWING, NJ – Franklin & Marshall dropped a 5-4 decision against The College of New Jersey in non-conference men's tennis action on Sunday afternoon. The Diplomats comeback attempt in singles play fell short as the Lions improved to 6-2 and F&M fell to 4-5 on the season.

Trailing 2-1 after doubles, the Diplomats attempted to rally for a come-from-behind win in singles. F&M tallied victories at the No. 1, 2, and 4 spots, but TCNJ nabbed wins at remaining three singles positions in straight sets to take the match. No. 1 Ross Silverberg defeated TJ Riley 6-4, 6-2, with No. 2 Tommy Weibye getting a straight set win over Steven Fernadez 6-4, 6-3.  F&M's other singles victory came at the No. 4 spot, as Nolan Bacchieri edged out Howard Telson in a first-set tiebreaker and went on to capture the three setter, 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-2.

The Diplomats lone doubles win came from the No. 2 team of Weibye and Bacchieri. The duo defeated Riley and Fernadez 9-8 (7-4), while Silverberg and William MacArthur lost a narrow 8-6 match to Telson and Stewart Fernadez at No. 1.

F&M returns to action on Tuesday when the Diplomats travel to Johns Hopkins for a Centennial Conference match-up. Match time is set for 3:30 pm.

The College of New Jersey 5, Franklin & Marshall 4

Singles competition

1. Ross Silverberg (F&M) def. TJ Riley (TCNJ) 6-4, 6-2

2. Tommy Weibye (F&M) def. Steven Fernadez (TCNJ) 6-4, 6-3

3. Marc Nicholas (TCNJ) def. William MacArthur (F&M) 6-3, 6-2

4. Nolan Bacchieri (F&M) def. Howard Telson (TCNJ) 7-6 (7-5), 2-6, 6-2

5. Stewart Fernadez (TCNJ) def. Cameron Relic (F&M) 7-5, 6-1

6. Gabe Allen (TCNJ) def. Alec Tunner (F&M) 6-3, 6-1


Doubles competition

1. Howard Telson/Stewart Fernadez (TCNJ) def. Ross Silverberg/William MacArthur (F&M) 8-6

2. Tommy Weibye/Nolan Bacchieri (F&M) def. TJ Riley/Steven Fernadez (TCNJ) 9-8 (7-4)

3. Marc Nicholas/Bill Carrig (TCNJ) def. Cameron Relic/Peter Bookman (F&M) 8-3