Johns Hopkins Beats Franklin & Marshall in Centennial Semifinals
• Score: #17 Johns Hopkins-5, Franklin & Marshall-1
• Records: JHU (15-2) • FMC (7-10)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • JHU Tennis Courts
• The Short Story: The top-seeded Johns Hopkins men’s tennis team beat fifth-seeded Franklin & Marshall, 5-1, in the Centennial Conference semifinals on a cool and breezy Saturday afternoon.
How it Happened
• Hopkins grabbed a 2-1 lead heading into singles with wins at second and third doubles. Junior Justin Kang and senior Emerson Walsh picked up the first point of the match with an 8-5 win at second over Zach Levin and Will Samuels.
• Inigo Flores and Jack Rothman answered with an 8-3 win over freshman Joseph Cartledge and senior Jeremy Dubin at first. Sophomore Colin Muraika and junior David Perez put the Blue Jays back on top as they held off Andrew Pace and Isaac Salas 9-8 (5) at third. Muraika and Perez trailed 4-2 in the tiebreak and battled back to win 7-5.
• The Blue Jays picked up three quick singles wins to secure the win. Dubin rebounded with a 6-0, 6-1 win at first over Rothman. Freshman Aaron Carey then beat Samuels 6-1, 6-3 at fifth to push Hopkins closer to victory.
• Kang clinched the win and the berth in the title match as he beat Pace 6-2, 6-1 at sixth.
What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 24-28 all-time against Franklin & Marshall and has won 16 straight in the series. The Blue Jays are 3-0 against the Dips in the Centennial Conference Tournament.
• Hopkins advances to the Centennial Conference title match for the 12th straight season. The Blue Jays are 10-1 in the championship match and have won the last 10.
For the Record
• Dubin moves into sole possession of the program record for singles wins in the conference tournament with his sixth. He is also tied for seventh with 10 total wins in the CC Tournament.
• Walsh moved into a tie for sixth with his seventh career CC Tournament doubles win. He is one win shy of tying the program record, held by five players. Walsh is also tied for ninth with 106 career total wins
• Wang is now tied for 20th in program history with 36 career doubles wins.
• Hopkins hosts 31st-ranked Swarthmore in the Centennial Conference title match on Sunday, May 7. The match is slated for an 11:00 am start at the JHU Tennis Courts.