BALTIMORE, Md. – No. 13 Johns Hopkins opened its spring slate with a 7-2 win against Washington & Lee and gave head coach Jamie Engles a win in his coaching debut. The Blue Jays improve to 1-1 on the season while the Generals suffer their first loss of the season, falling to 2-1.
Hopkins opened the match by taking two of three doubles to take a 2-1 lead into singles play. Taylor Shamshiri and Hayden White beat freshmen Ben Hwang and Erik Lim, 8-3, at second doubles to put the visitors on top early. Freshman Tanner Brown and senior Warren Elgort tied the match with an 8-2 win against Jeremy Becht and Brian Roberts at third. Senior Jacob Barnaby and freshman Noah Joachim then pushed Hopkins’ lead to 2-1 after beating Mac Davis and Michael Goldstein 8-6 at first.
Joachim dropped just two games in a 6-1, 6-1 win at fifth singles against Michael Freeman. Lim turned the same trick at sixth singles, beating Ben Fass. Hwang followed with a 6-1, 7-6 (1) win against Shamshiri at third. Brown pushed Hopkins lead to 6-1 as he beat Goldstein 6-3, 6-2 at second. Elgort closed out the Blue Jays’ wins with a come-from-behind three-set win at fourth. He lost his first set, 6-2, to Becht but rallied to win 6-0, 6-2 in the second and third sets to win. White beat Hersh in three sets, 6-4, 0-6, 6-2 at first to hand the Generals their lone singles win.