Season in Review: 2015-16 Women’s Tennis

Season in Review: 2015-16 Women’s Tennis

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Women's tennis enjoyed another impressive regular season Centennial Conference (CC) campaign, remaining at the top of the standings throughout the year and advancing to the program's third consecutive conference tournament with a 7-3 record. The Diplomats fell just short of their third straight CC Semifinal appearance, dropping a narrow 5-3 decision against Dickinson in the first round to conclude 2016 with a 9-11 overall record. 

After a slow start in non-conference competition, F&M picked up steam when the CC schedule rolled around. The Diplomats saved their best tennis for the tail end of the season, progressing into the playoffs with wins in seven of their final eight matches and outscoring their opponents by a staggering 55-17 margin during that span. 

Nicole Russo '17 held the top spot in the singles order, accumulating a 7-3 conference record in her junior campaign to earn her third consecutive All-CC First Team Honor and become one of just 25 players in conference history to accomplish the feat. Russo joined teammate Emily Gruenberg '16 on the All-CC Second Team for doubles after the duo earned a 6-3 CC record from the No. 1 position. Gruenberg concluded her stellar career with 46 singles wins, good for the 14th most in program history, as well as 50 doubles victories, which are the 10th most all time. 

Freshman Gavriel Rubenstein '19 was also recognized for her solid play on the court, receiving All-CC Honorable Mention for singles with a team-leading 14-5, 8-2 CC record. Participating primarily from the No. 5 spot in the order, Rubenstein ended the year with a nine-match winning streak. She teamed with Allysan Breece '17 to land on the honorable mention doubles list as the duo formed the Diplomats most successful pair with a 14-6, 8-2 CC mark at No. 3.