No. 1 Johns Hopkins sets program mark with ninth win to start season
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Johns Hopkins completed its weekend at the Blue-Grey Invitational at Mary Washington with wins against UC Santa Cruz and 27th-ranked Case Western. Hopkins shut out UC Santa Cruz 9-0 on Saturday and then topped Case Western 7-2 to improve to 9-0 on the season. The Blue Jays' nine wins to start the season match the program record set in 2008.
Hopkins got off to a quick 3-0 start versus UC Santa Cruz with a sweep of the doubles matches. Junior Elaine Baik and freshman Mikey Barthelmass faced the toughest match of the three before pulling out an 8-6 win at first against Alexandra Scotten and Mary Collins. Junior Shannon Herndon and freshman Amanda Austi earned an 8-3 win versus Courtney Lymburner and Danielle Caro at second. And at third, senior Hailey Hogan and sophomore Olivia Kasten lost just one game in an 8-1 defeat of Monika Prokes and Kassondra Heacock.
In singles play, the Blue Jays completed the sweep and won five of the six matches in straight sets. Freshman Jody Law clinched the win at fifth as she beat Prokes without dropping a game 6-0, 6-0. Senior Abby Clark turned the same trick at No. 6, blanking Heacock 6-0, 6-0. Austi was a 6-4, 6-2 winner at first veruss Scotten and Hogan pulled out a three-setter at second, coming from behind to beat Lymburner 1-6, 6-4, 10-7. Baik won 6-1, 6-4 at third against Collins and Herndon won 6-3, 6-4 at fourth versus Caro.
Against Case, Hopkins won two of three doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead into singles. Baik and Barthelmass beat Sara Zargham and Marianne Bonanno 8-4 at first. Hogan and Herndon won 8-3 at second against Sarah Berchuck and Surya Khadikar. The Spartans picked up their first point of the match with a close 8-6 win at third as Taylor Sweeney and Michelle Djohan beat Clark and Kasten.
Austi clinched the win for the Blue Jays with a 6-4, 6-1 win at first singles versus Bonanno. Hogan and Baik lost just two games apiece in wins at second and third. Hogan defeated Seeney 6-0, 6-2 and Baik posted the same score with a win against Berchuck. Khadikar grabbed the Spartans' lone singles win with a 6-4, 6-3 win versus Herndon at fourth. Law won at fifth with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Djohan and Clark lost just three games in her win against Lauren Rovner at sixth.