F&M Gears Up for Postseason

F&M Gears Up for Postseason

Tuesday, May 1 – Lancaster, Pa.
First Round – No. 4 F&M vs. No. 5 Washington – 5:30 PM

Saturday, May 5 – Baltimore, Md.
Semifinal 1 – No. 1 Johns Hopkins vs. No. 4/5 Winner - 3:00 PM

Saturday, May 5 – Swarthmore, Pa.
Semifinal 2 – No. 2 Swarthmore vs. No. 3 Haverford – 3:00 PM

Sunday, May 6 – Baltimore, Md.
Final - Semifinal Winners – 3:00 PM

CC Tournament History: This season marks Franklin & Marshall's ninth straight Centennial Conference (CC) Tournament appearance since the current five-team format was adopted in 2006. The Diplomats took home two MAC Conference Championships in 1963 and 1972, but have not earned a CC crown. 

F&M's MAC Championship in 1972 is the program's most-recent conference title, and the Diplomats are seeking a first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997.

Last season, F&M defeated Washington by a 5-1 tally in the first round before falling to eventual-champion Johns Hopkins 5-1 in the semifinals. 

Team Championships: Washington and Johns Hopkins account for all 24 of the CC Men's Tennis Championships contested, with each team holding 12 and the Blue Jays taking the last 11 titles. 

A Look at the Field: Top-seeded Johns Hopkins, currently ranked No. 24 in the latest ITA national poll, enters the weekend as the favorites to repeat for the title after finishing with a perfect 9-0 mark in Conference play.

No. 16 Swarthmore comes in as the No. 2 seed after falling to Hopkins by a 5-3 tally in the regular season. The Garnet host No. 3 Haverford in the semifinals after the Fords finished with a 7-3 CC record.

No. 5 Washington travels to Lancaster for the first round. The Diplomats ended the regular season with a 9-0 sweep of the Shoremen to garner hosting rights. 

Regional Rankings: Swarthmore and Johns Hopkins represent the Centennial Conference in the ITA's latest Atlantic South regional rankings. Swarthmore leads at No. 3 while Johns Hopkins comes in at No. 7.

Click here to view the complete regional poll. 

Projected Lineup  

No. 1 Singles – Jack Rothman 

Rothman led in the No. 1 singles spot all season and enters the weekend with a 6-3 mark in conference play.

No. 2 SinglesIsaac Salas

The junior has been dependable in the No. 2 spot, garnering an 11-6 overall record and a 7-2 mark in the CC. 

No. 3 SinglesZack Levin

Levin enters the weekend with a 7-2 record in CC action, including six-straight Conference wins from March 24 to April 11.

No. 4 SinglesSam Bellersen 

Freshman Bellersen has found his place in the lineup in the No. 4 spot. The German-native sits with a 5-3 CC record.

No. 5 SinglesWill Samuels

The senior captain has been a backbone of this Diplomats' lineup, entering the weekend with a 6-2 CC mark, including the lone F&M win against Swarthmore on April 21.  

No. 6 SinglesAndrew Pace

Pace earned the No. 6 spot during his sophomore campaign, finishing the regular season with a 7-7 overall record and 4-3 tally in Conference games. 

A Look at Doubles: Rothman and Bellersen have dominated this season on the No. 1 spot; finishing at 12-5, 6-3 CC. Levin and Salas ended the regular season with a 6-3 CC record at the No. 2 spot. Samuels and Pace round out the lineup in the No. 3 spot with a 10-5 overall record and 6-2 CC mark.