LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall men's tennis team will compete in the Centennial Conference (CC) semifinals against Haverford on Saturday. The Diplomats enter the tournament as the No. 2 seed for the third-straight season and are in the field for the fourth-consecutive year.
Ranked No. 9 in the Atlantic South Region, F&M will host No. 8 Haverford (10-6, 7-2 CC) on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Johns Hopkins heads into the tournament as the No. 1 seed and has captured six-consecutive titles.
On April 20th, the Diplomats picked up a 6-3 win against the Fords that included four singles and two doubles victories. For the season, F&M is 11-8, 8-1 CC and has won five-straight CC matches.
In the 2012 CC semifinals, the No. 26 Diplomats were eliminated after a 5-2 loss against No. 27 Swarthmore.
Tentative No. 1 singles – Ross Silverberg (No. 12 – Atlantic South)
Silverberg enters tournament play with a 20-8, 7-1 CC record and has won eight out of his last 10 singles matches. With 66 career wins under his belt, Silverberg will have a chance to surpass the school's all-time wins mark on Saturday. To do so, he will likely have to take down the region's No. 10 player in Kevin Caufield, who he defeated 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 earlier in the season.
Tentative No. 2 – William MacArthur
MacArthur has captured eight out of his last 10 singles matches and comes into Saturday with a 6-1 record in the CC. Earlier in the season against the Fords, MacArthur came out victorious against Luis Acaba 6-2, 6-3 at No. 2.
Tentative No. 3 – Tommy Weibye
Weibye wrapped up the 2013 regular season with a 5-4 record that included a 4-2 mark in the CC. In doubles competition, Weibye has teamed up with Silverberg at No. 2 to collect an 8-3, 6-1 CC mark that includes three-consecutive wins.
Tentative No. 4 – Doug Kaplan
A rookie of the year candidate, Kaplan heads into the playoffs with wins in seven of his last 10 matches. Against Haverford earlier in the season, Kaplan defeated Andy Dougherty by a score of 6-2, 6-0.
In doubles, he has teamed with Samuel Stone to amass a 10-5, 6-2 CC mark at No. 3. The duo has won four straight and are 8-2 in their last 10 contests.
Tentative No. 5 – Nolan Bacchieri
Bacchieri picked up a straight-set 6-3, 6-2 victory against Zack Mason of Haverford earlier this year at No. 5. A winner of six-straight matches and nine of his last 10, Bacchieri enters the tournament with a 10-10 overall record that includes a 6-1 CC mark.
In doubles competition, Bacchieri has teamed with MacArthur at the No. 1 position for an 8-5 tally. The duo sits at 9-5 overall and are winners of three straight.
Pataudi owns a 10-9 overall record and is 5-3 at the No. 6 spot on the year while Tunner is 3-2 in conference action.
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