ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The Franklin & Marshall men's tennis team opened a 2-1 lead after the doubles contests, but Muhlenberg managed to turn around the score with four singles wins to post a dramatic 5-4 victory in Centennial Conference (CC) action on Monday.
Brian Wernick posted the fifth decisive point for the Mules (8-4, 3-4 CC), winning 7-6 (8-6), 7-5 at No. 2 singles against Brett Joseph.
Joseph and Armen Vartan recorded their second win at No. 1 doubles, defeating Wernick and Jonathan Farber 8-3. Josh Calo and Paul Salierno tallied the same score at the No. 2 spot to put the Diplomats (4-6, 2-5 CC) ahead 2-1.
Vartan and Salierno earned the two singles' win for F&M at No. 1 and No. 4, respectively. Vartan took Robbie Goldwein with a tiebreaker in the first set 7-6 (7-3) and a score of 6-1 in the second set.
Salierno had the third match of the day that needed a tiebreaker to determine the win, registering a 6-3, 7-6 (9-7) victory over Mark Apostolos.
Muhlenberg won the No. 3 and 6 singles in two sets, while Wayne Mitchel needed three sets to collect the win at the fifth spot.
The Diplomats return to action tomorrow at Gettysburg. Match time is 3:30 p.m.