Johns Hopkins earns first 20-win season to advance to NCAA quarterfinals
PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- Johns Hopkins defeated host Carnegie Mellon 5-0 in the NCAA Division III Round of 16 on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Jays improved to 20-2 on the season as they reached the 20-win plateau for the first time in program history. Hopkins advanced to the quarterfinals for the second season in a row as it defeated CMU (14-8) for the third time this season.
Sophomores Shannon Herndon and Stephanie Rettig gave the Blue Jays their first point of the match with an 8-3 win at second doubles against Bryn Maschke and Brooke Tsu. Junior Hailey Hogan and freshman Sydney Lehman pushed the Blue Jays' lead to two as the pair beat Katie Cecil and Angela Pratt by an 8-5 score at first. Sophomore Elaine Baik and junior Abby Clark closed out doubles play and gave Hopkins a 3-0 lead in the match as they defeated Lydia Utkin and Alexandra Tapak 8-6 at third.
Lehman was once again the first one of the court in singles as she defeated Tsu 6-2, 6-1 at fourth singles to push the Blue Jays one point closer to the quarterfinals. Rettig then punched the Blue Jays' ticket to the quarterfinals as she beat Abbey Hamstra 6-4, 6-2 at fifth singles.
Hopkins will travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. for the NCAA quarterfinals and will take on the winner of the Williams vs. Tufts match.