Johns Hopkins earns spot in quarters for second time in three years
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Johns Hopkins beat host 5-0 on Sunday afternoon to earn a berth in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Blue Jays improve to 20-4 on the season and move onto the quarterfinals for the second time in three years. This is the Jays' third 20-win season since 2010 and they are one win shy of tying the program record. The Eagles end their season with a 21-6 record.
Juniors Tanner Brown and Erik Lim gave Hopkins its first point of the match as the duo topped Stratton Gilmore and Brandon Griffin 8-5 at second doubles. Sophomore Nicholas Garcia and junior Noah Joachim then beat David Lundig-Johansson and Andrew Curtis 8-4 at third. Freshmen Michael Buxbaum and Emerson Walsh closed out doubles play with an 8-6 win against Tyler Carey and Evan Charles at first.
Junior Ben Hwang was the first one off the court in singles play, giving Hopkins a 4-0 lead in the match. He beat Alexander Blakhin 6-3, 6-1 at second to pick up his fifth career NCAA singles win. Freshman Jeremy Dubin clinched the win for the second consecutive day and punched the Blue Jays' ticket to California and the quarterfinals. Dubin defeated Charles 6-4, 6-2 to improve to 21-5 on the season. He is just one win shy of tying junior Tanner Brown's record for singles wins by a freshman.