Diplomats Looking for First CC Championship

Diplomats Looking for First CC Championship
CC First Round
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 4:00 PM
No. 4 Washington vs. No. 5 F&M | Chestertown
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CC Semifinal 1
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 11:00 AM
No. 1 Johns Hopkins vs. No. 4/5 Winner | Baltimore
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CC Semifinal 2
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 11:00 AM
No. 2 Swarthmore vs. No. 3 Haverford | Swarthmore

CC Final
Sunday, May 7, 2017 - 11:00 AM or 1:00 PM
Semifinal Winners | at Highest Remaining Seed

CC Tournament History: The 2017 Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament marks Franklin & Marshall's eighth consecutive playoff appearance, but the Diplomats are still searching for a first CC Championship.

F&M's MAC Championship in 1972 is the program's most-recent conference title, and the Diplomats are seeking a first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997. Last year, F&M dropped Dickinson 5-0 in the first round to advance to the semifinals, falling to Swarthmore 5-0 to end the season.

Team Championships: Washington and Johns Hopkins account for all 23 of the CC Men's Tennis Championships contested, with the Shoremen collecting 12 and the Blue Jays winning 11.

A Look at the Field: Top-seeded Johns Hopkins, winners of the last 10 CC Championships and ranked No. 17 in the latest ITA national poll, enters as the favorite once again after finishing the conference schedule with a perfect 9-0 record.

No. 31 Swarthmore comes in as the tournament's No. 2 seed with an 8-1 CC record in the regular season. The Garnet will take on No. 3 Haverford in the first round after the Fords finished the regular-season with a mark of 7-2 in the CC.

No. 4 Washington hosts No. 5 F&M on Wednesday in the first round. The Shoremen recorded a tight 5-4 victory over the Diplomats on the final Saturday of the regular season to clinch the fourth seed at 6-3 in the conference, while the Diplomats come in with a 5-4 CC record.

Regional Rankings: All five teams in the tournament are featured in the ITA's latest Atlantic South regional rankings. Hopkins leads the CC at No. 3 in the region, followed by Swarthmore at No. 8. Haverford comes in at No. 13, with F&M ranking 14th and Washington 18th. Ursinus, who did not make the tournament, rounds out CC representation in the poll at No. 19.

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Projected Lineup

No. 1 Singles – Jack Rothman

Rothman has played all 14 of his matches at the No. 1 position for F&M, splitting eight CC matches evenly at 4-4.

No. 2 Singles – Isaac Salas

Salas has featured primarily at No. 2 for the Diplomats, with one appearance at No. 1. The sophomore has put together a 4-4 CC record this spring.

No. 3 Singles – Zack Levin

Levin has put together a strong sophomore campaign, going 10-5 between the No. 2 and No. 3 positions, including a six-match win streak between March 29 and April 12.

No. 4 Singles – Inigo Flores

Flores has been rock solid primarily at No. 4 for the Diplomats, recording an 8-0 start to the season and eventually finishing at 11-3 in singles action.

No. 5 Singles – Will Samuels

Samuels has featured at No. 5 for much of the season, tallying a 7-2 record in CC play.

No. 6 Singles – Andrew Pace

Pace, the lone newcomer to feature in F&M's top six this season, has performed well with a 9-6 singles record in dual matches and a 5-4 mark in CC action.

A Look at Doubles: Flores and Salas have recorded an outstanding season at No. 1 doubles, going 12-3 overall including a 9-3 mark in dual matches and a 6-2 CC record. Levin and Samuels finished the regular season with a 4-4 mark at No. 2 in CC play, while Pace and Salas finished with a 9-4 mark at No. 3 and a stellar 8-1 record in the Centennial.