LANCASTER, Pa. – Seven former Franklin & Marshall student-athletes earned a spot on the Centennial Conference (CC) Silver Anniversary Team for men's and women's tennis, announced by the league office on Monday.
Andy Talegheny '99, Rami Abdel-Misih '01, and Ross Silverberg '13 received the honor for the men's team while Katie Rouff '98, Leah Rubin '00, Katie Gaskins '07, and Nicole Russo '17 garnered the distinction for the women's side.
The Centennial Silver Anniversary teams are in celebration of the Conference's first 25 years of competition, which began in 1993. During July and the first two weeks of August, the CC will honor its member schools' most-distinguished student-athletes in 24 sports.
Criteria for the inclusion of a team are as follows:
Must be a graduate of the institution AND one of the following:
- 3-time or 4-time first-team All-Centennial performer (win same event in swimming, track)
- 2-time Centennial Player of the Year
- 1st team All-America AND 2-time first-team All-Centennial performer
- 2-time All-America (1st, 2nd or 3rd team)
Andy Talegheny '99 – Men's Tennis
Talegheny earned a total of five All-CC honors throughout his career, collecting three doubles awards and a pair of singles accolades. His 58 career wins place second in F&M history, while his 19-6 record in 1999 and his 14-5 mark in 1997 are among the program's top-15 single-season victories at fifth and 13th, respectively.
Rami Abdel-Misih '01 – Men's Tennis
Abdel-Misih garnered All-CC honors in each of his four seasons in Lancaster. He finished his career with three doubles accolades and three singles awards. His 62-26 career record places him second in the F&M record book for wins, while his 20-6 season in 1998 and his 20-8 campaign in 1997 are tied for first in single-season victories.
Ross Silverberg '13 – Men's Tennis
One of only two Centennial Player of the Year award winners in program history - with the other being Sherif Abdel-Misih in 1997 - Silverberg was the most-recent Diplomat to garner the honor in 2013. He earned All-CC First Team honors on three occasions – which made him just the 15th in CC history to accomplish that feat at the time. Silverberg totaled seven All-CC accolades in his career with four singles awards and three doubles honors. He is tied for the F&M career leader in wins with a 66-22 record, while his 20-9 mark in 2013 is tied for the Diplomats' single-season record.
Katie Rouff '99 – Women's Tennis
Rouff is one of the Diplomats' four All-CC Player of the Year honorees, garnering the distinction in 1998. She is one of just nine Centennial women's tennis players – and in a class of three F&M student-athletes – to be a four-time All-CC First Team selection for singles, while also being named to the All-CC doubles team on a pair of occasions. She accumulated the sixth-most doubles wins in program history with 51 and teamed up with Leah Rubin '00 to garner the most doubles victories as a duo with 36.
Leah Rubin '00 – Women's Tennis
Rubin is one of just four women's tennis players in CC history to be named Player of the Year twice, earning the honors in 1999 and 2000. She was elected to the All-CC First Team all four years in singles and earned a spot on the All-CC First Team for doubles three times. The Diplomats won four consecutive CC Titles (1997-00) during her tenure, as Rubin accumulated a career record of 74-13 in singles, which is fourth on the all-time list, and 51-16 in doubles, which is tied for sixth. Rubin was inducted into the F&M Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.
Katie Gaskins '07 – Women's Tennis
Gaskins earned three All-CC First Team Singles nods in her career – one of only 18 CC student-athletes and four Diplomats to claim that honor. She also made an appearance on the doubles team in 2007.
Nicole Russo '17 – Women's Tennis
Russo was just the ninth player in CC history to be named to the All-CC First Team for singles on four occasions. She was named the Centennial Rookie of the Year in 2014 and also added a pair of All-CC doubles accolades during her career. She wrapped up her four years in Lancaster with a 47-24 singles record – good for the 14th-most wins in F&M history, while her 42 doubles victories placed her 16th.