FREDERICKSBURG, Va. — No. 10 Johns Hopkins beat 24th-ranked Vassar 5-0 in the third round Sunday afternoon at the Mary Washington Outdoor Courts. The win improves the Blue Jays’ record to 18-5 on the season and sends them to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time in program history. The Brewers see their season end at 16-6.
Hopkins took a quick 1-0 lead in the match with sophomore Hailey Hogan and junior Nandita Krishnan’s 8-1 win at first doubles against Ava Sadeghi and Joy Backer. Freshmen Elaine Baik and Stephanie Rettig followed with an 8-5 win against Hannah Van Demark and Lindsay Kantor at third. Sophomore Abby Clark and freshman Shannon Herndon closed out doubles play with an impressive comeback. The duo trailed 4-0 at second and came back to win 8-4 against Jennifer Beckerman and Samantha Schapiro to send Hopkins into singles play with a 3-0 lead.
Clark quickly pushed the Blue Jays’ lead to 4-0 in the match as she needed only the minimum 12 games to defeat Jennifer Ruther at fifth singles. Hogan then clinched the win and the NCAA quarterfinal berth with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Beckerman at first singles.