Feb. 23, 2014
MAYFIELD VILLAGE, OH - The 10th-ranked Johns Hopkins men's tennis team took a 2-1 lead after doubles in the title match of the 2014 ITA National Team Indoor Championship, but fourth-ranked Washington University battled back to take the match and the title, 6-3. The Blue Jays, playing in their first ITA National Team Indoor championship match, slip to 2-2 on the season, while the Bears improve to 7-1 and win their first title in their fourth try.
In a battle of top-five doubles tandems in the nation, Ross Putterman and Jeremy Bush gave Washington University the early lead with 8-5 win at first over freshmen Michael Buxbaum and Emerson Walsh. Sophomore Nicholas Garcia and junior Noah Joachim, ranked 18th in the nation, answered with an 8-5 win over Jeffre Hirsh and Tyler Kratky at third to tie the match at one-all. Juniors Tanner Brown and Erik Lim battled back from a 5-2 deficit to beat John Carswell and Max Franklin, 8-6, at second and grab a 2-1 lead for the Blue Jays.
Carswell was the first one off the court in singles, tying the match with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Brown at second. Buxbaum answered for the Blue Jays with a 7-5, 6-1 win at first over Putterman to put JHU on top, 3-2. The lead didn't last long as Kratky beat Lim 6-4, 6-0 at fifth to tie the match at three-all. Kevin Chu then defeated junior Sam Weissler 6-4, 7-6 (5) at sixth and Washington University had a 4-3 lead in the match. Bush clinched the title for the Bears with a 7-5, 6-3 win over junior Ben Hwang at third. Tim Noack completed the Bears comeback with a 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 win over freshman Jeremy Dubin at fourth.
Hopkins returns to action on Sunday, March 2 as the Blue Jays face their fourth straight ranked opponent to open the spring. Hopkins travels to 22nd-ranked Washington & Lee for an 11:00 am non-conference match-up.