BALTIMORE — Johns Hopkins rallied from an early 2-1 deficit to defeat Middlebury in third-action on Sunday. The Blue Jays improved to 19-4 on the season as they advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time in program history. The Panthers see their season end at 14-7.
The Panthers took an early 1-0 lead in the match as Brantner Jones and Spencer Lunghino defeated Jacob Barnaby and Warren Elgort, 8-4 at first doubles. Tanner Brown and Erik Lim answered just a few minutes later with an 8-3 win against Teddy Fitzgibbons and William Oberrender at third.
Derrick Angle and Andrew Lebovitz closed out doubles in a thriller, winning 9-7 at second against Andy Hersh and Jeff Kamei, to give Middlebury a 2-1 lead heading into singles play.
Brown quickly tied the match for the Blue Jays with a 6-0, 6-2 win against Alec Parower at second singles. Jensen Reiter then put Hopkins on top, 3-2 as he beat Lunghino, 6-2, 6-3 at fourth. Lim pushed Hopkins one win closer to victory with his win at sixth.
He won the first set 6-3 and was ahead 5-0 in the second before Eric Vehovec battled back to force a tiebreaker. Lim would win the breaker, 7-0 to take the match and give Hopkins a 4-2 lead. Ben Hwang clinched the win and the NCAA Quarterfinal berth with a 6-4, 6-4 win against Angle at third.