Women’s Tennis Set to Compete at CC Tournament

Women’s Tennis Set to Compete at CC Tournament
CC First Round
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
No. 4 Haverford vs. No. 5 Ursinus | Haverford, Pa. | 4:00 PM 

CC Semifinals
Saturday, May 2, 2015
No. 1 Johns Hopkins vs. No. 4/5 Seed | Baltimore, Md. | 3:00 PM 

CC Semifinals
Saturday, May 2, 2015
No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 F&M | Chestertown, Md. | 1:00 PM 

CC Final
Sunday, May 3, 2015
Semifinal Winners | Baltimore, Md. | 3:00 PM 

CC Tournament History: Franklin & Marshall has won 13 conference championships dating back to 1985, but has yet to win a tournament match since the current format was adopted in 2006. The Diplomats make a return to the playoffs for the second straight season, falling in last year's CC Semifinals to No. 3 Haverford by a narrow 5-3 score. F&M last won the championship in 2000, capping off a run of eight-straight titles. 

A Look at the Field: No. 1 seed Johns Hopkins enters the tournament looking for its 10th consecutive championship. Washington is back in the playoffs for the eighth time since 2006, after a hiatus from the tournament last season. For the seventh consecutive year, Haverford will compete in the postseason, while Ursinus makes its first playoff appearance in its program's history. 

The Projected Lineup 

No. 1 SinglesNicole Russo 

Russo has been one of the Diplomats most-consistent singles player, accumulating a 12-5 record on the year with an 11-4 mark at No. 1. The reigning CC Rookie of the Year is 7-2 in CC action and heads into the tournament with an eight-match winning streak on the year as the Atlantic South region's No. 17 singles player. 

No. 2 SinglesCaitlin Rummelsburg 

Rummlesburg leads the Diplomats with a 13-3 overall record and a 9-2 mark at the No. 2 position. In conference play, Rummelsburg holds a dominant 8-1 record and comes into the postseason with wins in eight of her last 10 overall matches. 

No. 3 SinglesSara Haas 

Haas sits at 5-11 in the season, but has won two straight contests. Last week Haas picked up a pair of straight set wins, including a 6-4, 6-0 decision against Dickinson and a 7-5, 4-1 win over Bryn Mawr. 

No. 4 SinglesTara Buchney

Buchney has won seven straight matches, including eight of her last 10 contests. She holds a 12-5 overall record and is 7-2 in conference matchups. Buchney is 9-4 from the No. 4 position in the lineup and is 2-0 at No. 2. 

No. 5 SinglesMegan FitzMaurice 

Fitzmaurice is 7-10 overall on the year and is 6-4 in her last 10 matches. She holds a 6-5 mark at No. 5. Last time out, FitzMaurice shutout Bryn Mawr by a 6-0, 6-0 score. 

No. 6 SinglesEmily Gruenberg 

Gruenberg has found success throughout the year and heads into the tournament with an 11-3 overall record, including a 6-1 mark in the conference. She holds an 8-2 record at the No. 6 spot in the lineup and a 3-1 mark at No. 5. 

A Look at Doubles: Haas and Rummelsburg hold a 9-4 record playing primarily at the No. 1 spot in the doubles lineup for F&M. The duo has won two straight and holds a 5-3 mark in CC competition. Russo and Dana Sleeper are an impressive 11-3 from the No. 2 position, including an 8-2 record in conference play, while Buchney and Gruenberg are 10-2 at No. 3 with a 6-1 record in the CC.