April 25, 2013

Dickinson Slips Past Diplomats

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall dropped a hard-fought 5-4 decision to visiting Dickinson on Thursday in Centennial Conference (CC) women's tennis action. The Diplomats fall to 7-8, 4-5 CC with the defeat, while the Red Devils improve to 8-8, 7-2 CC.

The contest came down to the final match at No. 5 singles, with Dickinson's Madelin Altholtz outlasting Emily Gruenberg in a back-and-forth battle that stretched to three sets. Gruenberg captured the first set 6-4, before falling 7-6 (5), 6-1 in the final two.

Julia Fiala and Meredith Lackey both posted singles wins for the Diplomats. Fiala took down Sydney Diamond 6-3, 6-2 at No. 3, while Lackey defeated Sarah Cantor 7-5, 6-2.

F&M entered singles play holding a 2-1 advantage after victories at the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles positions. Lackey and Dana Sleeper teamed up to top Altholtz and Dominique Hedderich 8-4, while Fiala and Gruenberg earned an 8-3 win at No. 3 over Cantor and Diamond.

Anya Sahaydachny nearly came away with the first set in her loss at the No. 1 spot to Alysia Rodgers, falling short by a 7-6 (8) score.

The Diplomats travel to Bryn Mawr tomorrow for their regular season finale at 3:30 p.m.

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