Johns Hopkins Edges Washington & Lee, 5-4
By Jill Guise
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
• Score: #18 Johns Hopkins-5, #31 Washington & Lee-4
• Records: JHU (2-1) • WLU (3-2)
• Location: Swarthmore, PA
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins men’s tennis team jumped out to a 2-1 lead and then won three of six singles matches to top Washington & Lee, 5-4, on Sunday.
How it Happened
• Freshmen Vishnu Joshi and Eric Yoo grabbed the first point of the match with an 8-3 win over March Zheng and Thomas Harmon at second doubles. Senior David Perez and junior Scott Thygesen pushed the Blue Jays’ lead to 2-0 with an 8-4 win at first over Harry Shepherd and Mitchell Thomas. The Generals cut the deficit in half when Charlie Kittredge and Michael Lukas edged senior Justin Kang and sophomore Joe Cartledge, 8-6, at third doubles.
• Yoo then picked up the first singles point to put Hopkins up 3-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Thomas at second. Shepherd answered with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Joshi at first to pull W&L within one.
• Sophomore Austin Gu pushed the Blue Jays one point closer to the win as he defeated Zach Ely 7-5, 6-2 at third. Cartledge then clinched the win for the Jays with a 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (8) at fifth.
• Kittredge made it a 5-3 match when he beat sophomore Aaron Carey 6-4, 6-1 at sixth singles. Harmon wrapped up the match with a 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (6) win over Kang at fourth.
What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 8-3 all-time against Washington & Lee and has won seven straight in the series.
• Hopkins returns to action on March 23 as the Blue Jays take on the Bates Bobcats in Fredericksburg, VA.