Diplomats Trump Bates at CSA Championships

Diplomats Trump Bates at CSA Championships

LANCASTER, Pa. - Franklin & Marshall avenged its January loss to Bates with a victory in the Hoehn Cup 11th/12th place match at the CSA Championships. The Diplomats (13-10) also avenged last year's loss in the same match. The teams swapped spots in the national rankings for the second time this season as the result of the F&M win.

When the teams met back on January 17th, Bates was ranked 12th and F&M 11th. The Lewistown contingent, knocked off the Lancasterian side, reversing the standings in the next CSA poll release. F&M's win today leaves the Diplomats ranked 11th the country.

F&M got wins from Guillherme de Melo, Juan Lopez, Zarir Aibara, Pat Cunningham, and Chris Gagnier. The Diplomats reversal of fortune was a result of wins by Aibara and Gagnier that had been losses in the first meeting.

Aibara (10-12) avenged his January loss to Nicholas Echeverria in five. The fifth was a tight game, but Aibara triumphed 13-11 to seal the win. Chris Gagnier, who lost to Patrick Williams in five the first time around, used a 16-14 marathon win in the first to propel himself to a 3-0 sweep.

Guillherme de Melo (19-3) won his eighth straight with second win over Jordan Greenberg this season.

The win wraps the team competition this season, however, F&M will be represented at the CSA individual championships in two weeks.

#12 Franklin & Marshall 5, #11 Bates 4

1. Kush Mahan (BATES) def. Gabriel de Melo (F&M) 11-5, 11-7, 7-11, 11-8

2. Guillherme de Melo (F&M) def. Jordan Greenberg (BATES) 11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8

3. Juan Diego Lopez (F&M) def. Bobby Burns (BATES) 11-6, 5-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6

4. William Katz (BATES) def. Sadiq Madraswala (F&M) 14-12, 11-6, 1-11, 7-11, 12-10

5. Zarir Aibara (F&M) def. Nicholas Echeverria (BATES) 11-4, 11-9, 6-11, 4-11, 11-6

6. Pat Cunningham (F&M) def. Dae Ro Lee (BATES) 11-4, 11-6, 12-10

7. Chris Gagnier (F&M) def. Patrick Williams (BATES) 16-14, 11-3, 11-8

8. Richard Keating (BATES) def. Ben Lurio (F&M) 11-7, 11-8, 11-9

9. Eric Bedell (BATES) def. Fred Struse (F&M) 11-7, 11-4, 11-5

Exh. Douglas Compton (BATES) def. Scott Nerhbas (F&M) 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-6


Match Notes

Bates 19-8; Pre-match ranking #11

Franklin & Marshall 13-10; Pre-Match ranking #12

Hoehn Cup 11/12 match

Franklin & Marshall finishes ranked 11th in the country; Bates 12th