Washington Downs F&M in Regular-Season Finale

Washington Downs F&M in Regular-Season Finale

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Washington College won four of six singles matches to snatch a 5-4 win over Franklin & Marshall on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference (CC) men's tennis. The match, the last on the schedule for both teams, moved the Diplomats to 6-9, 5-4 CC while the Shoremen jumped to 12-5, 6-3. F&M will return to Chestertown on Wednesday when Washington hosts the first round of the CC Playoffs. 

By the Numbers

The Diplomats took a 2-1 lead after doubles play, earning wins at No. 1 and No. 3. Jack Rothman and Inigo Flores led the way at the top of the lineup, winning 8-5, while Isaac Salas and Andrew Pace took an 8-4 decision at No. 3.

Flores' quick 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 4 singles extended the F&M lead to 3-1, but Washington went on to take the next four singles match and clinch the victory. Will Samuels notched a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 5, but it was too late as the Shoremen earned the right to host Wednesday's match.

The Results

Singles competition

1. Chris Salisbury (WC) def. Jack Rothman (FMCM) 6-3, 6-4

2. Jake Sandler (WC) def. Isaac Salas (FMCM) 6-2, 6-3

3. Luke Weaver (WC) def. Zack Levin (FMCM) 7-6 (7-3), 6-1

4. Inigo Flores (FMCM) def. Zachary Novick (WC) 6-0, 6-1

5. Will Samuels (FMCM) def. Jeremy Novick (WC) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

6. August Meriot (WC) def. Andrew Pace (FMCM) 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-3)

Doubles competition

1. Jack Rothman/Inigo Flores (FMCM) def. Chris Salisbury/Jake Sandler (WC) 8-5

2. Jeremy Novick/Luke Weaver (WC) def. Zack Levin/Will Samuels (FMCM) 8-6

3. Isaac Salas/Andrew Pace (FMCM) def. Justin Panepinto/Zachary Novick (WC) 8-4

Order of Finish

Doubles: (1,3,2); Singles: (4,2,1,3,5)

Up Next

Wednesday's match between the fifth-seeded Diplomats and the fourth-seeded Shoremen, with a start time yet to be announced, will be for the right to play No. 1 Johns Hopkins in the CC Semifinals.