April 4, 2012

Diplomats Blank McDaniel

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Franklin & Marshall picked up its first Centennial Conference (CC) victory of the season with a 9-0 blanking of McDaniel on Wednesday afternoon in women's tennis action. The Diplomats (4-7, 1-4 CC) lost just three total games throughout the three doubles contests, before cruising to straight-set wins over the Green Terror (4-9, 0-7 CC) at each singles spot.

The doubles tandems of Danielle Weiner and Anya Sahaydachny (No. 1), Megan FitzMaurice and Dana Sleeper (No. 2), and Julia Fiala and Nina Simic (No. 3) posted impressive scores en route to their doubles victories. Fiala and Simic cruised to an 8-0 score over Laura Pollard and Elise O'Meara at No. 3, while FitzMaurice and Sleeper dropped just one game with an 8-1 triumph over Kiersten Patron and Devan Hamric at No. 2. The No. 1 team of Weiner and Sahaydachny downed Carissa Grove and Brittany Starlings, 8-2, to give the Diplomats a 3-0 edge heading into singles play.

Fiala shutout her singles opponent as well, rolling past Patron at the No. 5 position 6-0, 6-0. FitzMaurice (No. 3), Simic (No. 5) and Shannon Littlefield (No. 6) each lost only two games in their straight set wins. FitzMaurice defeated Hamric 6-2, 6-0, Simic took down Pollard with scores of 6-1, 6-1, while Littlefield cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory.

Weiner topped Grove at No. 1 6-3, 6-3, and Sahaydachny notched a 6-0, 6-4 triumph over Starlings at No. 2.

The Diplomats return home on Saturday for a CC matchup against Swarthmore at 11:00 am.

Franklin & Marshall 9, McDaniel 0

Singles competition
1. Danielle Weiner (F&M) def. Carissa Grove (MCD) 6-3, 6-3
2. Anya Sahaydachny (F&M) def. Brittany Starlings (MCD) 6-0, 6-4
3. Megan FitzMaurice (F&M) def. Devan Hamric (MCD) 6-2, 6-0
4. Julia Fiala (F&M) def. Kiersten Patron (MCD) 6-0, 6-0
5. Nina Simic (F&M) def. Laura Pollard (MCD) 6-1, 6-1
6. Shannon Littlefield (F&M) def. Lauren Lewis (MCD) 6-0, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Danielle Weiner/Anya Sahaydachny (F&M) def. Carissa Grove/Brittany Starlings (MCD) 8-2
2. Megan FitzMaurice/Dana Sleeper (F&M) def. Kiersten Patron/Devan Hamric (MCD) 8-1
3. Julia Fiala/Nina Simic (F&M) def. Laura Pollard/Elise O'Meara (MCD) 8-0