Women’s Tennis Hosting CC First Round in Return to Postseason

Women’s Tennis Hosting CC First Round in Return to Postseason
CC First Round
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
No. 4 F&M vs. No. 5 Dickinson | Lancaster | 3:00 PM
Brooks Tennis Center (If Outside) | ASFC (If Inside)

CC Semifinals (Match 1)
Saturday, May 7, 2016
No. 2 Washington vs. No. 3 Swarthmore | Baltimore | 11:00 AM

CC Semifinals (Match 2)
Saturday, May 7, 2016
No. 1 Johns Hopkins vs. No. 4/5 Seed | Baltimore | 3:00 PM

CC Finals
Sunday, May 8, 2016
Semifinal Winners | Baltimore | 1:00 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 third straight season, falling in last year's CC Semifinals to No. 2 Washington by a 6-1 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 11th consecutive championship. Washington is back in the playoffs for the ninth time since 2006 while Swarthmore is seeking its sixth CC Title and first since 2006. 

The Projected Lineup 

No. 1 SinglesNicole Russo 

Russo has been a lock for the No. 1 spot in the Diplomats' order throughout the season, registering a 10-8 record at the top of the lineup. She holds an impressive 7-3 mark in CC play and has won seven consecutive matches. 

No. 2 SinglesTara Buchney 

Buchney enters the postseason with a 6-13 overall record and a 2-7 CC mark.

No. 3 SinglesSarah Haas

Haas has accumulated a 10-13 overall record on the year, a 4-12 mark at the No. 3 spot in the order and is 4-6 in her previous 10 matches. 

No. 4 SinglesEmily Gruenberg

Gruenberg is 10-9 on the year and is 8-8 at the No. 4 position. She holds a 6-3 mark in CC action and has won six out of her last 10 contests. 

No. 5 Singles – Gavriel Rubenstein

Rubenstein leads the team with a 13-5 overall record and an 8-2 mark in conference competition. She heads into the tournament with an eight-match winning streak and is 8-4 from the No. 5 spot. 

No. 6 SinglesAllysan Breece or Alexandra Collins

Breece and Collins have split time at the No. 6 position with both finding success at the bottom of the lineup. Breece has recorded a 4-0 record at No. 6 and has won three straight matches while Collins is 5-4 at No. 6 and has earned victories in her last two contests.

A Look at Doubles: The duo of Gruenberg and Russo lead doubles competition for F&M with a 6-10 record at No. 1 and wins in three straight. Buchney and Haas (No. 2) are 8-11 on the year while Breece and Rubenstein round out the lineup at No. 3 with a 13-6 overall mark, are 8-2 in the CC and have won four consecutive contests.