Diplomats Drop Close Match to No. 16 Mary Washington

Diplomats Drop Close Match to No. 16 Mary Washington

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Franklin & Marshall's men's tennis team dropped a close 5-4 decision to No. 16 Mary Washington Thursday afternoon in non-conference action. The Diplomats (3-4) picked up their four wins in the singles matches, with the Eagles (8-11) sweeping the doubles matches.

F&M won its first four singles matches of the day, with Ross Silverberg, Tommy Weibye, William MacArthur, and Nolan Bacchieri winning their third consecutive matches. No. 1 Silverberg and No. 2 Weibye both won in straight sets with scores of 6-2, 6-4. No. 3 MacArthur and No. 4 Bacchieri both needed the third set to get their wins. MacArthur defeated Tyler Carey 6-3, 4-6, 8-6, and Bacchieri notched his win against Will Apperson 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.

The Diplomats four singles victories were not enough as Mary Washington held on for the narrow victory. The Eagles swept the doubles to take a 3-0 advantage heading into singles play. The F&M No. 1 team of Silverberg and MacArthur went to a tiebreaker with Evan Charles and Donato Rizzolo, but fell just short, 9-8 (7-5).

F&M returns to action on Saturday when the Diplomats host conference opponent McDaniel. Match time is set for 2:30 pm.

#16 Mary Washington 5, Franklin & Marshall 4
Mar 29, 2012 at Fredericksburg, VA

Singles competition

1. Ross Silverberg (F&M) def. Alex Blakhin (UMW) 6-2, 6-4

2. Tommy Weibye (F&M) def. Evan Charles (UMW) 6-2, 6-4

3. William MacArthur (F&M) def. Tyler Carey (UMW) 6-3, 4-6, 8-6

4. Nolan Bacchieri (F&M) def. Will Apperson (UMW) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

5. Riley Baver (UMW) def. Cameron Relic (F&M) 6-4, 6-3

6. Donato Rizzolo (UMW) def. Alec Tunner (F&M) 6-1, 6-0


Doubles competition

1. Evan Charles/Donato Rizzolo (UMW) def. Ross Silverberg/William MacArthur (F&M) 9-8 (7-5)

2. Alex Blakhin/Tyler Carey (UMW) def. Tommy Weibye/Nolan Bacchieri (F&M) 8-5

3. Will Apperson/Riley Baver (UMW) def. Cameron Relic/Peter Bookman (F&M) 8-5