Johns Hopkins cruises by Tufts
No. 10 Bluejays earn measure of revenge on No. 7 Jumbos
BALTIMORE, Md. -- No. 10 Johns Hopkins earned its second consecutive victory against a top-10 team on Tuesday afternoon when it beat seventh-ranked Tufts 8-1. The match was a rematch of last season's NCAA tournament round of 16 showdown, which the Jumbos won to advance to the national quarterfinals. Hopkins improves to 3-2 on the season while Tufts slips to 2-2.
Hopkins swept the doubles to take a 3-0 lead heading into singles play. Hailey Hogan and Nandita Krishnan opened the match with an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles against Eliza Flynn and Lindsay Katz. Abby Clark and Shannon Herndon then beat Samantha Gann and Janice Lam 8-4 at the No. 2 position. Andrea Berlinghof and Stephanie Rettig wrapped up doubles with a hard-fought 9-7 win at No. 3 against Rebecca Kimmel and Sophie Schonfeld.
In singles action, Hogan pushed the Blue Jays' lead to 4-0 with a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 2 against Flynn. It was the 50th overall win of her career.
Rettig then clinched the win for the Jays as she beat Nathalie Schils, 6-2, 6-1 at the No. 6 position. Elaine Baik made it 6-0 in Hopkins' favor with a 6-4, 6-1 win against Katz at the top spot.
Clark then beat Lam 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5. Gann picked up the lone point of the match for the Jumbos with a win at No. 3 against Krishnan. Gann won the first set 6-4 but Krishnan rebounded to win the second 6-2, and force a super tie-breaker.
Gann prevailed in a marathon breaker that went 15-13. Herndon ended the match with a super tie-breaker win at fourth. She won the first set 6-3 against Kimmel but then dropped the second 6-2. Herndon would take the super tie-breaker 10-6 to earn the win.