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Johns Hopkins Athletics | March 2, 2014

Johns Hopkins heads back to title match

GREENCASTLE, IN -- Down 2-1 after doubles, Johns Hopkins rallied for a 6-3 win against 10th-ranked Pomona-Pitzer in the semifinals of the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championship. The win sets up a rematch of last year's championship match, as Hopkins (2-0) will face ninth-ranked Carnegie Mellon in the final.

The Sagehens took an early 1-0 lead in the match when Rosemary Pelch and Maddie Gordon defeated sophomore Olivia Kasten and freshman Ashnaa Rao 8-6 at second doubles. The Blue Jays would answer with a win at third as junior Elaine Baik and freshman Mikey Barthelmass won 8-4 against Arthi Padmanabhan and Mae Coyiuto. The final doubles point came down to first, which fittingly went to a tiebreak. Pomona-Pitzer would take the point and the 2-1 lead into singles play when Sammy Chao and Lea Lynn Yen defeated senior Hailey Hogan and sophomore Sydney Lehman 9-8.

Lehman quickly tied the match at two apiece as she beat Yen 6-1, 6-2 at third singles. Freshman Amanda Austi then came from behind to beat Chao 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 to give Hopkins a 3-2 lead. Coyiuto responded with a come-from-behind win against her own, defeating Rao 1-6, 7-6, 6-3 at second to even the match at 3-all. It would come down to the final three singles matches and the Blue Jays won them all to advance to the title match for the second consecutive year. Hogan put the Jays up 4-3 with a 6-3, 6-4 win versus Padmanabhan at fourth. Junior Shannon Herndon then clinched the win as she beat Gordon 6-0, 6-3 at sixth. Baik closed out the win with a 6-4, 6-1 win versus Pelch at fifth.

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