LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall men's tennis team dropped a 9-0 match against No. 8 Johns Hopkins on Wednesday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) action. The Diplomats fell to 6-7, 3-1 CC with the loss while the Blue Jays improved to 11-2, 5-0 CC.
In a matchup of two teams ranked in the top-10 of the Atlantic South region, Hopkins ranked No. 2 and F&M ranked No. 9, the Blue Jays came out on top but were challenged by the Diplomats throughout the contest.
William MacArthur took Ben Hwang (No. 14 in Atlantic South) of Hopkins to the wire at the No. 2 spot, battling to a 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4) decision. Ross Silverberg (No. 12 in Atlantic South) picked up a number of games in his match against the region's No. 5 player, Andy Hersh, but eventually fell 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 1 position.
In doubles action, MacArthur and Nolan Bacchieri fought hard from the No. 1 spot and nearly missed out on a win after falling 9-8 (7-6) to Noah Joachim and Nicholas Garcia of the Blue Jays.
F&M returns to the court on Saturday to face off against Swarthmore in CC competition. The match is set to begin at 12:00 p.m.