Johns Hopkins wins top-25 battle
Blue Jays win all six singles matches on way to easy win
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Johns Hopkins defeated visiting 23rd-ranked Bates College 8-1 on Sunday afternoon in non-conference action in Baltimore. The 13th-ranked Blue Jays improved to 4-1 on the season with the win, while the Bobcats slipped to 4-4.
Hopkins took a 2-1 lead after doubles with wins at No. 1 and 2.
Junior Jacob Barnaby and senior Casey Blythe won 8-5 against Matt Bettles and Rob Crampton at the top spot while junior Warren Elgort and senior Andrew Wang picked up an 8-4 win at No. 2 against Tim Berg and Sam Woods. The Bobcats won their lone point at the third position as Jeff Beaton and Ben Bogard won a tight 9-7 match against the sophomore tandem of Andy Hersh and Jeff Kamei.
The Blue Jays then swept all six singles matches, taking Nos. 2 through 5 in straight sets.
The toughest match came at the top flight where Wang rebounded to win in a third-set tiebreaker. Bettles won the first set 6-2 but Wang won a close 7-5 decision in the second frame before going on to win 10-8 in the tiebreaker.
Elgort beat Crampton at No. 2 singles, winning 6-4, 6-3 while Hersh lost just three games in a 6-1, 6-2 win against Berg at the No. 3 position. Blythe and Barnaby lost just two games in 6-2, 6-0 wins at Nos. 4 and 5 singles, respectively. At the No. 6 slot, freshman Jeremy Schwartz won 6-1, 6-2 against Bogard.