LANCASTER, Pa. -- 81.77 miles or nine spots in the latest CSA Team Rankings – however you choose to measure, that’s the distance between the University of Pennsylvania and Franklin & Marshall. The #7 Quakers (5-2) will visit hot-handed #16 Franklin & Marshall (9-2) Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.
F&M is looking to run its winning streak to nine matches while snapping a seven-match skid against the Quakers in the process. The Diplomats will enter the match with momentum following upsets of #13 Bowdoin (9-0) and #11 Bates (5-4).
F&M debuted a new 1-2 combo on the 4-0 weekend with #40 Nadaav Tannen (9-1) manning the top of the ladder, and Gabriel de Melo (4-0) at the number two position. #69 Sadiq Madraswala (7-2) holds the third spot The Diplomats are collectively 71-28 in individual matches on the season.
Both of the Diplomats losses this season came at home and at the hands of Ivy League schools, including the only common opponent, Cornell. The Diplomats fell 9-0 to the Big Red, which knocked off the Quakers 8-1.
Penn comes to Lancaster on a three-match winning streak with victories over Brown (8-1), Amherst (9-0), and Williams (6-3). That followed the Quakers other loss this season, an 8- 1 setback at Yale. Penn has an entire scoring lineup’s worth of players ranked in the CSA Top 100: #34 Mark Froot, #39 Thomas Mattsson, #50 Trevor McGuinness , #63 James Clark, #64 Porter Drake, #87 Joe Raho, #91 Chris Thompson, #94 Parker Justi and #100 Andrew Zimmerman.
Live video coverage of the #1 (Tannen vs. Froot) and #2 (de Melo vs. Mattsson) matches will be available on B2. Franklin & Marshall's reserve players will provide score updates and insights.