LANCASTER, Pa. – Franklin & Marshall's women's tennis team has 13 conference championships dating back to 1985, but has not won a Centennial Conference (CC) tournament match since the current format was adopted back in 2006. The Diplomats will get a prime opportunity to restore some of the program's rich tradition on Saturday, when F&M hosts Haverford at 11:00 a.m. in the CC Semifinals, with the winner advancing into Sunday's championship contest.
The Diplomats enter the tournament for the first time since 2007 and are the No. 2 seed after accumulating a 13-5, 8-2 CC regular season record, which is good for the most wins since 1998. Saturday's matchup features a battle between two teams ranked in the Atlantic South region top 10 as F&M sits at No. 8 and Haverford is close behind at No. 10.
Earlier in the season, the Diplomats snapped a five-match losing streak to the Fords by downing Haverford for the first time since 2007 with a narrow 5-4 victory in Lancaster. A complete recap of that match can be found here.
The Projected Lineup
No. 1 singles: Caitlin Rummelsburg
Rummelsburg enters action with an 11-11 record on the season that includes an 8-9 mark from the No. 1 position in the lineup. Back on April 1, she was named the CC Player of the Week after going 2-0 in both singles and doubles competition.
No. 2 – Nicole Russo
Russo comes into play with a six-match winning streak, dating back to April 1. She leads the team with a 12-5 record, including a 7-1 CC mark. Russo is 4-0 from the No. 2 position in the lineup and enters Saturday with a six-match winning streak.
No. 3 – Anya Sahaydachny
Sahaydachny has compiled a 4-8 record in singles play and is 3-3 from the No. 2 spot. Last time out, she took down Bryn Mawr's Eliza Perocchi in straight sets (6-0, 6-3) on April 25.
No. 4 – Megan FitzMaurice
Twice this season FitzMaurice was named the CC Player of the Week for women's tennis. Her record sits even at 11-11 on the year, including a 5-4 mark in CC action. She holds a 4-4 record from the No. 4 spot in the lineup.
No. 5 – Emily Gruenberg
Gruenberg has amassed a 12-10 record on the year and is 5-3 in the conference.
No. 6 – Tara Buchney
Buchney has helped solidify the bottom portion of F&M's lineup, tallying an 11-5 record during the regular season, while producing a 3-1 mark in conference play. She enters the tournament a winner of two straight and is 6-4 in her last 10 matchups.
A Look at Doubles
Doubles play has been a source of strength for F&M throughout the season and is led by the region's No. 14 ranked pairing in Rummelsburg and Sahaydachny, who have combined for an impressive 11-6 record. The duo has won four straight and enter the tournament as winners of seven out of their last 10. Dana Sleeper and FitzMaurice hold the No. 2 spot in the lineup with an 8-8 mark on the year, while Russo and Gruenberg are at No. 3 with a 4-0 record.