May 9, 2009

Courtesy of Johns Hopkins

PITTSBURGH, PA - The 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins women's tennis team beat 23rd-ranked The College of New Jersey on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The win pushes Hopkins school-record win streak to 13 straight matches as the Blue Jays improve to 14-3 on the season. JHU advances to the Sweet 16 for the second straight year and will face the winner of the Carnegie Mellon-Ithaca match on Sunday.

Junior Ellen Berlinghof (Dresher, PA/Upper Dublin) and sophomore Abby Dwyer (Stuart, FL/Jensen Beach) gave Hopkins a 1-0 lead in the match with their 8-3 win at third doubles. The pair beat Stefanie Haar and Emily Petersack to improve to 16-1 on the season with their 13th straight win. The win also pushes Berlinghof and Dwyer to 19 wins overall on the season, one win shy of tying the program single-season record. The Blue Jays pushed their lead to 2-0 with an 8-4 win at first.

Senior Brittany Matava (Denver, CO/Littleton) and freshman Carolyn Warren (Boulder, CO/Fairview) beat Jackie Shtemberg and Haley Kutner to move to 11-5 on the season. TCNJ cut the lead to 2-1 with a come-from-behind win at second. Tamra Wroblesky and Christie Pollin were down 7-5 to junior Anita Bhamidipati (Egg Harbor Township, NJ/Egg Harbor Township) and sophomore Yasmine Elamir (Saddle River, NJ/Heritage Academy (SC)) before winning 9-8 in a tiebreaker. The loss snaps a nine-match win streak for Bhamidipati and Elamir as they slip to 11-3 on the season.

Elamir pushed Hopkins lead to 3-1 in the match with her win at sixth singles. She dropped just two games to Lindsay Katzel in winning 6-1, 6-1 to improve to 11-3 on the season. Matava made it a 4-1 match with a straight sets win at fourth, her 14th straight win, beating Pollin 6-4, 6-2. Dwyer went on to clinch the match for Hopkins, beating Kutner 6-2, 6-4 at fifth. It is her eighth straight win and moves her record to 14-4 on the season.

Hopkins returns to action on Sunday, May 10 at noon in the South Atlantic Regional Championship at the Carnegie Mellon Tennis Courts. The winner of the match advances to Lawrenceville, GA and the NCAA Quarterfinals.