LANCASTER, Pa. – The Franklin & Marshall men's tennis team will compete in the Centennial Conference (CC) first round against Washington on Wednesday. The Diplomats enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed and are in the field for the fifth-consecutive year.
Ranked No. 8 in the Atlantic South Region, F&M (10-6, 6-3 CC) will host No. 20 Washington (8-8, 5-4 CC) on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. Johns Hopkins is the tournament's No. 1 seed and has captured seven-straight titles.
On March 29, the Diplomats blanked Washington 9-0 led by captain William MacArthur's 6-1, 6-3 win against Vishnu Rajes. F&M finished off the regular season on a two-match win streak, with victories at Gettysburg (5-1) and against Dickinson (8-1).
Last year in the 2013 CC semifinals, the Diplomats were eliminated after a 5-3 loss to Haverford.
No. 1 singles – MacArthur
MacArthur enters tournament play with a 14-8, 7-2 CC record and has won eight of his last 10 singles matches, including three straight against Haverford, Gettysburg, and Dickinson to close out the regular season.
No. 2 – Doug Kaplan
Kaplan wrapped up the 2014 regular season with an 8-6 mark that included a 5-2 record in the CC. Earlier in the season against the Shoremen, Kaplan came out victorious from the No. 3 singles spot against Ryan Holtschneider 6-1, 6-3.
No. 3 – Nolan Bacchieri
Bacchieri, who was mainly used as a doubles player with MacArthur, has emerged as the No. 3 singles player. He has a 5-7, 2-4 CC record, however he won a hard-fought match against Dickinson's Steven Kaplan by a score of 7-5, 2-6, 1-0 (10-8) on April 26.
In doubles play, Bacchieri and MacArthur have teamed up at the No. 1 position to compile an impressive 11-5 record and a 7-2 mark in the CC.
No. 4 – Joshua Kane
A rookie of the year candidate, Kane heads into playoffs with a 15-6, 6-2 CC record and is 7-3 in his last 10 matches. Against Washington earlier in the season, Kane blanked Joel Novick 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles, he has teamed with Kaplan to amass a 3-3, 2-1 CC mark at No. 2. The duo has won two straight matches.
No. 5 – Benjamin Stern
Another talented F&M freshman, Stern has a 12-9, 6-3 CC record and has won two-straight matches. Against the Shoremen in March, Stern downed Jeremy Novick 8-2.
No. 6 – Kazuhiro Tomioka
Tomioka owns a 4-7 overall record and is 2-4 at the No. 6 spot on the year.
In doubles action, Tomioka teamed up with Parint Lertdumrikam on April 26 against Dickinson and were victorious with an 8-3 win. The duo will pair up again when the Diplomats battle Washington.
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