CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Washington College won four of six singles matches to snatch a 5-4 win over Franklin & Marshall on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) men's tennis. The match, the last on the schedule for both teams, moved the Diplomats to 6-9, 5-4 CC while the Shoremen jumped to 12-5, 6-3. F&M will return to Chestertown on Wednesday when Washington hosts the first round of the CC Playoffs.
By the Numbers
The Diplomats took a 2-1 lead after doubles play, earning wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Jack Rothman and Inigo Flores led the way at the top of the lineup, winning 8-5, while Isaac Salas and Andrew Pace took an 8-4 decision at No. 3.
Flores' quick 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 4 singles extended the F&M lead to 3-1, but Washington went on to take the next four singles match and clinch the victory. Will Samuels notched a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 5, but it was too late as the Shoremen earned the right to host Wednesday's match.
1. Chris Salisbury (WC) def. Jack Rothman (FMCM) 6-3, 6-4
2. Jake Sandler (WC) def. Isaac Salas (FMCM) 6-2, 6-3
3. Luke Weaver (WC) def. Zack Levin (FMCM) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
4. Inigo Flores (FMCM) def. Zachary Novick (WC) 6-0, 6-1
5. Will Samuels (FMCM) def. Jeremy Novick (WC) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
6. August Meriot (WC) def. Andrew Pace (FMCM) 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)
Order of Finish
Doubles: (1,3,2); Singles: (4,2,1,3,5)
Wednesday's match between the fifth-seeded Diplomats and the fourth-seeded Shoremen, with a start time yet to be announced, will be for the right to play No. 1 Johns Hopkins in the CC Semifinals.