Penn Halts Streaking Diplomats
LANCASTER, Pa. – #16 Franklin & Marshall got a pair of wins from the top half of the lineup, but saw its eight-match winning streak halted by #7 Penn in the Mayser Center Wednesday evening.
The Quakers (6-3) ran their winning streak to four matches. Meanwhile, the Diplomats (9-3) fell to 0-3 at home with all three losses to Ivy League institutions.
The night’s most spirited matchup came at the number one position, requiring five games to settle the affair. The Diplomats' Nadaav Tannen (9-2) had it at 5-5 in the fifth, but Thomas Mattson secured the match’s final four points to take the win.
The rest of the night’s matches were decided in three.
F&M’s wins came in the two and three spots. Freshman Gabriel de Melo (5-0) needed a pair of games to knock off a hobbled Mark Froot. de Melo took the first game 9-5, and blanked Froot in the second. Froot retired prior to the start of the third.
In the third position, Sadiq Madraswala (8-2) handed a 3-0 setback to James Clark, 9-7, 10-8, 9-5. Clark was ranked six spots ahead of Madraswala in the College Squash Association’s (CSA) rankings.
The Diplomats got solid play up and down the ladder, forcing Penn to earn every point. Shane Slater (6-6) and Ry Hawley (7-4) kept their matches tight throughout. In the fifth position, Slater fell 9-7, 9-4, 9-3 to Penn’s Joey Raho. Hawley fell 9-7, 9-6, 9-2 at the hands of Porter Drake.
The Diplomats, undefeated outside of the
Mayser Center, take to the road this weekend for three matches at
Yale and a Sunday date with Trinity.