LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's men's tennis team opens the 2018 spring season this weekend, traveling to No. 34 TCNJ for a 1:00 p.m. contest.
Last year, the Diplomats made their sixth straight Centennial Conference (CC) Semifinal appearance before falling to eventual-champions Johns Hopkins by a 5-1 score. F&M finished the year with a 7-10, 5-4 CC record.
The Diplomats lost two to graduation, including doubles starter Inigo Flores '17 who was named All-CC First Team Doubles last year. A solid core group of returners looks to keep F&M in the playoff hunt and maintain the production of last year's squad.
The 2018 team returns two members who garnered All-CC recognition last season while welcoming four new members, three freshmen, and a transfer, who will battle for time on the court.
Jack Rothman – Sr.
Will Samuels – Sr.
Zack Levin – Jr.
Isaac Salas – Jr.
Andrew Pace – So.
Rothman returns for his senior campaign looking to improve on a strong singles and doubles performance last year. The two-time captain earned All-CC honors, being named to the Second Team for singles after finishing with five wins and a 4-4 CC record at the No. 1 position in the order.
Samuels accumulated seven wins in the No. 5 singles position last season. Rothman and Samuels teamed to deliver a strong showing at the ITA Regionals in the fall where they fell just short of a doubles quarterfinal appearance.
Levin returns after being named to the All-CC Second Team last year for singles, tallying a 10-5 overall record and a 6-3 mark in the CC.
Salas and Pace return after recording a 9-3 record in the No. 3 doubles position last season. Salas also won four matches at No. 2 singles while Pace held a 9-7 overall singles record.
The Road Ahead
Following the opening weekend in Ewing, N.J., the Diplomats host Salisbury on March 9 in their home opener before traveling to Orlando, Fla. for a slate of matches over Spring Break.
The first CC contest of 2018 takes place on Saturday, March 24 when F&M travels to Ursinus for a 1:00 p.m. matchup with the Bears, while the Conference Tournament begins with the First Round on Wednesday, May 2 and concludes with the Semifinals and Championship match on May 5-6.
The Diplomats are picked to finish fourth in the Conference, according to a preseason poll of Centennial coaches. Defending-Champion Johns Hopkins was favorited with eight first-place votes, followed by Swarthmore in second and Haverford in third.
Schofield Takes the Reins
Josh Schofield was named the 17th head coach of the F&M men's and women's tennis programs on August 8 of last year, taking over for nine-year F&M head coach Sean Kelleher who left to pursue a career in the private sector.
Schofield spent the last two seasons as the head men's and women's tennis coach at Division I La Salle following an 11-year stint at Swarthmore, where he served as the assistant men's tennis coach (2003-06, 2008-11), acting head men's tennis coach (2011-12) and associate head men's tennis coach (2012-15).
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