Women’s Tennis 2015 Season Preview

Women’s Tennis 2015 Season Preview

2015 Schedule | 2015 Roster | Preview Video | Social Media 

LANCASTER, Pa. – Returning all but one starter from last year's team that captured the most wins in a season since 1998 and reached the Centennial Conference (CC) postseason for the first time since 2007, this year's Franklin & Marshall women's tennis team looks to have the depth and talent necessary to keep the Diplomats among the CC's elite. 

F&M will look to get 2015 off on the right foot when the spring portion of the schedule opens this weekend with a pair of road contests against Christopher Newport on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. and Virginia Wesleyan on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. 

To watch the season preview video for the 2015 F&M women's tennis team, click here

2015 Diplomats 

Last season proved to be a bounce-back year for the Diplomats and reigning CC Coach of the Year Sean Kelleher. F&M posted a 13-6, 8-2 CC record, improving its win record for the fourth consecutive season, climbed as high No. 8 in the Atlantic South Region and earned a spot in the CC Semifinals, where it suffered a narrow 5-3 loss to Haverford. 

The majority of the Diplomats' lineup remains intact, including the return of six singles players with winning records and the entire No. 2 and No. 3 doubles teams. The top of the singles order remains generally unscathed with the only loss being Anya Sahaydachny, who went 1-6 at the No. 2 position. 

Along with Caitlin Rummelsburg, Sahaydachny formed the potent No. 1 doubles team that was named to the All-CC First Team and rose as high as No. 14 in the regional rankings with an 11-7 record. Freshman Sara Haas is the only first-year player to join the fold, and is expected to make an impact in the middle of both the singles and doubles lineups. 

Key Returners 

Dana Sleeper – Sr. 

Megan FitzMaurice – Sr. 

Caitlin Rummelsburg – So. 

Nicole Russo – So. 

Sleeper and Fitzmaurice return as the lone seniors on the roster and will serve as the team captains for the 2015 squad. The pair received All-CC Doubles Honorable Mention recognition after holding down the No. 2 spot in the Diplomats' lineup with an 8-9, 4-4 CC record. FitzMaurice also contributed heavily to the singles order, tallying an 11-12 overall record, seeing time at the No. 2-4 spots in the lineup. 

Rummelsburg was solid in her first season of competition, pacing the order with a 12-11 overall mark and a 9-9 record from the No. 1 position. Russo also had an impressive freshman campaign for F&M, garnering the CC Rookie of the Year Honor and landing on the CC First Team for singles. Russo went 12-5 on the year, including a 7-1 CC mark and a 6-1 record at No. 3. 

Lower lineup players Allysan Breece (13-8, 5-2 CC in 2014), Tara Buchney (11-5, 3-1 CC) and Emily Gruenberg (13-10, 5-3 CC) all played key roles a year ago and are expected to be in the mix this season. 

The Road Ahead 

Following its pair of opening-weekend matches, F&M welcomes Salisbury on Friday, March 6 at 4:00 p.m. for its first home contest of the spring season. The Diplomats travel down to Orlando, Fla. on March 15-18 to compete in four matches for their spring break trip, before returning to Lancaster to host Muhlenberg for the opening CC matchup of the year on March 21 at 1:00 p.m. 

Other key matchups include a rematch of last year's CC Semifinals with Haverford on April 4 at 12:00 p.m. and a non-conference contest against TCNJ on April 19 at 12:00 p.m. The opening round of the CC Playoffs is slated for Wednesday, April 29, while the finals are set for Sunday, May 3. 

CC Preseason Poll

1-Johns Hopkins 100 points (10)

2-Franklin & Marshall 83

3-Swarthmore 80 (1)

4-Haverford 78

5-Muhlenberg 59

6-Dickinson 53

7-Washington 49

8-Gettysburg 36

9-Ursinus 34

10-Bryn Mawr 22

11-McDaniel 11

Follow Along (Social Media) 

All of your favorite Diplomat athletic teams are available on social media. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram, like them on Facebook and subscribe to the Diplomats YouTube page.