CARLISLE, Pa. – With one match remaining on the regular season schedule, Franklin & Marshall's women's tennis team put itself in a prime position to clinch a bid to the upcoming Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament, outlasting Dickinson by a 5-4 score on Thursday afternoon.
The Diplomats now sit at 8-10, 6-3 CC while the No. 18 regionally ranked Red Devils dropped to 8-4, 5-3 CC.
F&M is now firmly in fourth place and ahead of Dickinson (5-3) in fifth and Gettysburg (4-3) in sixth, botch schools in which the Diplomats hold the tiebreaker against. A win against Ursinus on Saturday will clinch the Diplomats a playoff spot.
By the Numbers
Following doubles action, F&M held the narrow 2-1 lead with a pair of dominant 8-2 wins at the No.'s 1 and 3 spots in the order. Four of the six singles matchups were won in straight sets, including an impressive 6-3, 6-1 decision from Nicole Russo at No. 1.
The contest came down to the final singles competition of the day. Allysan Breece (No. 6) battled back from an opening set loss to earn the clutch victory (2-6, 6-4, 6-1).
1. Nicole Russo (F&MW) def. Lauren Altschuler (DCW) 6-3, 6-1
2. Sydney Diamond (DCW) def. Tara Buchney (F&MW) 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
3. Joana Nunes (DCW) def. Sarah Haas (F&MW) 6-2, 6-2
4. Madison Parks (DCW) def. Emily Gruenberg (F&MW) 6-1, 6-2
5. Gavriel Rubenstein (F&MW) def. Elizabeth Marin (DCW) 6-0, 6-3
6. Allysan Breece (F&MW) def. Lydia Fox (DCW) 2-6, 6-4, 6-1
1. Nicole Russo/Emily Gruenberg (F&MW) def. Lauren Altschuler/Sydney Diamond (DCW) 8-2
2. Madison Parks/Joana Nunes (DCW) def. Tara Buchney/Sarah Haas (F&MW) 8-3
3. Allysan Breece/Gavriel Rubenstein (F&MW) def. Jaclyn Baum/Elizabeth Marin (DCW) 8-2
The Diplomats travel to Ursinus on Saturday for their final match of the regular season, which begins at 1:00 p.m.