ORLANDO, Fla. – Franklin & Marshall's women's tennis team edged Conn. College by a 5-4 score on Sunday, before following with a dominant 8-1 win against Grinnell on Monday to open its spring break trip in Orlando. With the pair of victories, the Diplomats improved to 2-1 on the early season.
On Sunday against Conn. College (5-5), F&M pulled out in front with a 2-1 lead following doubles action. The duo of Nicole Russo and Caitlin Rummelsburg were solid at No. 1, delivering an 8-3 victory for the Diplomats. A team of Sara Haas and Emily Gruenberg equaled the score at No. 3, dominating their opponents by an 8-3 tally.
Rummelsburg earned her second win of the contest by downing her opposition at the No. 3 singles position by a straight-set score of 6-4, 6-3. Megan FitzMaurice was in control at No. 5 with a straight-set victory of her own at 6-2, 6-4, while Gruenberg rounded out the dominant effort from the bottom of the order, overcoming her opponent by a hard-fought 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8) tally at No. 6.
Complete results from this match can be found here.
Against Grinnell, doubles play was one again in F&M's favor as the Diplomats earned a 3-0 sweep. Hass and Rummelsburg (No. 1) rolled at 8-5, while Russo and Dana Sleeper (No. 2) picked up an 8-3 win, followed by Tara Buchney and Gruenberg (No. 3) with an 8-2 decision.
F&M also captured five out of the six singles competitions, including a prevailing 6-0, 6-0 sweep from Buchney at No. 4. Russo at No. 1 (6-1, 6-2) and Gruenberg at No. 6 (6-2, 6-1) were equally impressive on the day.
Complete results from this contest can be found here.
The Diplomats are set to compete in two more matches while in Florida, taking on Hamilton tomorrow at 8:00 a.m., followed by Colby-Sawyer on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.