• Score: #17 Johns Hopkins-5, #31 Swarthmore-0
• Records: JHU (16-2) • SC (12-12)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • JHU Tennis Courts
• The Short Story: The top-seeded Johns Hopkins men’s tennis team beat second-seeded Swarthmore, 5-0, on Sunday afternoon to win the 2017 Centennial Conference Championship. Freshman Aaron Carey was named the tournament MVP after going 2-0 in singles.
How it Happened
• Hopkins grabbed a 3-0 lead in the match as the Blue Jays swept the doubles matches. In a meeting of two of the top eight doubles teams in the Atlantic South, freshman Joseph Cartledge and senior Jeremy Dubin earned the first point of the championship with an 8-2 win at first over Mark Fallati and Josh Powell.
• Junior David Perez and Scott Thygesen followed with an 8-6 victory over John Larkin and Blake Oetting at third. Junior Justin Kang and senior Emerson Walsh completed the Blue Jays’ sweep when they beat Ari Cepelewicz and Thomas Vernier at second.
• Freshman Cody Kim pushed Hopkins’ lead to 4-0 in the match when he defeated Cepelewicz 6-3, 6-1 at fifth singles. Carey then closed out the win and the championship with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Michael Song at sixth.
• In the other matches, Dubin and Thygesen were each battling in a third set at first and second, respectively. Walsh was up a set and leading 4-3 in the second at third. And at fourth, Perez rallied to win his first set 7-6 (4) and was leading 2-1 in the second.
What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 20-26 all-time against Swarthmore and has won three straight and 18 of the last 19. The Blue Jays are also 8-0 against the Garnet in the Centennial Conference Tournament, including 7-0 in the title match.
• Hopkins wins its 11th straight and 12th overall Centennial Conference title. JHU’s 12 titles are tied with Washington College for the most in the history of the conference.
• The Blue Jays secure their 12th straight NCAA Tournament appearance with the win.
For the Record
• Walsh won his eighth career doubles match in the Centennial Conference Tournament, tying the program record.
• Dubin won his 50th career doubles match and is now tied for 14th in program history.
• Kang picked up his 72nd career win (singles and doubles) to move into a tie for 18th in school history. He is also tied for 19th in school history with 37 career doubles wins.
• Hopkins will learn its NCAA fate with the announcement of the bracket on Monday, May 8. Stay tuned to HopkinsSports.com to see where the Blue Jays will play in the NCAA Tournament.