SAN ANTONIO, Texas – No. 8 Johns Hopkins opened its spring break trip on a winning note as the Blue Jays defeated 10th-ranked Texas-Tyler 7-2 on Tuesday afternoon. The Blue Jays improve to 4-1 while handing the Patriots just their second loss of the season as they fall to 11-2.
Daniel Brown and Ryan Ybarra gave UT-Tyler an early lead in the match with an 8-2 win against freshman Nicholas Garcia and sophomore Noah Joachim at first doubles. Seniors Andy Hersh and Jeff Kamei answered with an 8-5 win at third against Jon Karsten and Ramon Martinez to tie the match. Sophomores Tanner Brown and Erik Lim then defeated Kevin Singer and Ryan Spencer 8-6 at second to give Hopkins a 2-1 lead heading into singles play.
Sophomore Sam Weissler quickly pushed the Blue Jays lead to two points as he lost just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 win against Karsten at sixth singles. Brown made it a 4-1 match in the Jays’ favor with a 6-4, 6-3 win at second against Brown.
Ybarra got a point back for the Patriots as he beat Hersh 6-2, 6-2 at first in a battle of top-20 ranked singles players. Sophomore Ben Hwang followed with a 7-5, 6-0 win at third over Martinez to clinch the win for Hopkins.
Sophomore Jensen Reiter then turned in the first of two come-from-behind wins for the Blue Jays. He lost his first set to Singer in a tiebreaker 7-6 (3) but rallied to win the second in convincing fashion 6-0. He then won a superbreaker 10-8 to take the win at fifth. Lim turned the same trick at fourth. He dropped the first set 7-6 (4) to Spencer, but won the second by a 6-3 score. Lim then took the superbreaker 10-5 to claim the win and close out the match.