April 15, 2008

Bullets Edge Diplomats

Agate

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - For the second straight match, the Franklin & Marshall men's tennis team suffered a heartbreaking 5-4 loss this time to Centennial Conference (CC) foe Gettysburg on Tuesday afternoon.

Patrick Dempsey and Kevin Raynes teamed up for the first out of three Bullet (5-7, 3-5 CC) victories in the doubles competition, before ending with the lone singles wins to help Gettysburg edge the Diplomats (4-7, 2-6 CC).

Armen Vartan won the first singles match for F&M, handing Dale Beshore a 6-3, 6-3 loss at the No. 1 spot. Brett Joseph tallied a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 3, before Matthew Barker recorded a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 victory over Derin Wilson.

Jesus Heath earned his first conference win in remarkable fashion, falling down a set and rallying back for 7-6 (7-2) and 12-10 wins in the final two sets for the match at No. 6 singles.

Dempsey and Raynes won at No. 4 and 5 singles in straight sets, respectively.

The Diplomats return to action on Saturday against Swarthmore. Match time is 10 a.m.