April 29, 2014

Men's Tennis Set to Compete in CC Tournament

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. 2Doug 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. 3Nolan 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. 4Joshua 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. 5Benjamin 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. 6Kazuhiro 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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