Russo, Kelleher Earn Conference Honors; Five Named All-CC

Russo, Kelleher Earn Conference Honors; Five Named All-CC

Complete All-CC Team

LANCASTER, Pa. – Five Franklin & Marshall women's tennis players have been named to the All-Centennial Conference (CC) Team, announced Friday.  Nicole Russo garnered the CC Rookie of the Year honor and landed on the first team for singles, while the duo of Anya Sahaydachny and Caitlin Rummelsburg earned on spot on first team doubles. Rummelsburg also collected second team singles honors, while the team of Megan FitzMaurice and Dana Sleeper received doubles honorable mention recognition. Head coach Sean Kelleher rounded out the impressive list of accolades by being named the CC Coach of the Year. 

Russo (Livingston, N.J. / Livingston) was the only freshman to be named to this season's first team squad. Playing at various spots in the order, Russo led the team with a 12-5, 7-1 CC record and ended the year on a six-match winning streak. Her final four matches on the year were at the No. 2 position, where she went 4-0. 

Kelleher nabbed top honors after guiding the Diplomats back to the top of contention in the Centennial Conference (CC), posting a 13-6, 8-2 CC record in 2014 to give F&M its most wins in a season since 1998. The Diplomats returned to the conference postseason for the first time since 2007, falling to Haverford by a narrow 5-3 margin in the CC Semifinals.

Sahaydachny (Tenafly, N.J. / Tenafly) and Rummelsburg (Fairfield, Conn. / Greens Farms Academy) reached as high as No. 14 in the Atlantic South Regional Rankings as the No. 1 doubles pairing paced the F&M lineup with an 11-7 record. The duo finished off their season by winning seven of their final 10 matches. The honor is the second in a row for Sahaydachny after earning a spot on second team doubles last season. 

Rummelsburg also earned second team singles honors after compiling a 12-11 record on the season that included a 9-9 mark from the No. 1 spot in the lineup. Back on April 1, she was named the CC Player of the Week after going 2-0 in both singles and doubles competition.

FitzMaurice (Emmaus, Pa. / Emmaus) and Sleeper (Moorestown, N.J. / Moorestown) competed primarily from the No. 2 spot in the doubles order, tallying an 8-9 record on the year, including a 4-4 mark in CC action. Last season, FitzMaurice was named to the doubles second team.