Diplomats Travel to Dickinson for First Round of Playoffs

Diplomats Travel to Dickinson for First Round of Playoffs

Wednesday, May 1 – Carlisle, Pa.
First Round – No. 4 Dickinson vs. No. 5 F&M – 4:00 PM

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

Saturday, May 4 – Swarthmore, Pa.
Semifinal 2 – No. 2 Swarthmore vs. No. 3 Haverford – 3:00 PM

Sunday, May 5 – Baltimore, Md.
Final - Semifinal Winners – 11:00 AM

CC Tournament History

This season marks Franklin & Marshall's 10th 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 and are seeking their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997.

Last season, F&M defeated Washington by a 5-3 tally in the first round before falling to eventual-champion Johns Hopkins 5-0 in the semifinals. 

Team Championships

Washington and Johns Hopkins account for all 25 of the CC Men's Tennis Championships contested, with Washington owning 12 Championships while Hopkins has won the last 12 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. 30 Swarthmore comes in as the No. 2 seed after falling to Hopkins by a 7-2 tally in the regular season. The Garnet host No. 3 Haverford in the semifinals after the Fords finished with a 7-2 CC record.

No. 5 seeded F&M heads to Dickinson for the First Round. The Diplomats fell to Dickinson by a 6-3 in the final week of the regular season. 

Regional Rankings

Four Centennial Conference schools are represented in the ITA's latest Atlantic South regional rankings. Johns Hopkins leads the group at No. 6 while Swarthmore sits at No. 8. Haverford comes in at No. 11 while Dickinson rounds out the CC schools at 19th. 

Click here to view the complete regional poll. 

Projected Lineup  

No. 1 Singles – Isaac Salas

Salas enters the weekend with a 5-9 mark in the No. 1 spot and a 4-4 mark in conference action. 

No. 2 Singles – Sam Bellersen

The sophomore's season has been dotted with injury, but Bellersen is ready for playoffs, coming in with a 3-4 CC record. 

No. 3 Singles – Zack Levin

Senior captain Levin has been a constant competitor in the Diplomats' lineup, tying for team-best with a 6-3 mark in the CC. 

No. 4 Singles – Adith Chandavarkar

Sophomore transfer Chandavarkar has earned a spot in the lineup, finishing the regular season with a 7-7, 5-4 CC record. 

No. 5 Singles – Andrew Pace

The junior captain has been the backbone of F&M's lineup, compiling a 10-5 overall record with a 6-3 mark in CC action, including a lone singles win against Haverford on April 6.  

No. 6 Singles – Adrian Charchalis

The first-year Charchalis won a spot in the lineup, ending the regular season with an 8-4, 5-2 CC record. 

A Look at Doubles: Bellersen and Chandavarkar will look to find their stride in playoff action from the No. 1 spot after finishing the regular season at 4-9, 2-5 CC. Salas and Levin have led as F&M's lone seniors, accumulating a 9-6 record on the year with a 5-4 mark in CC action. Pace and Steffe round out the doubles pairings at the No. 3 spot, leading the Diplomats in conference action with a 6-3 mark and a 9-6 record overall.