May 10, 2014
FREDERICKSBURG, VA - The seventh-ranked Johns Hopkins men's tennis team opened NCAA Tournament play with a 5-0 win over Baruch on Saturday in the second round. The Blue Jays, who earned a first-round bye, improved to 19-4 on the season as they advance to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the sixth straight year. The Bearcats finish their season with a14-2 record as they see their nine-match win streak snapped.
Juniors Tanner Brown and Erik Lim gave Hopkins a quick 1-0 lead in the match as the pair lost just one game in their win at second doubles over Philip Bleustein and Christopher Jenkins. Sophomore Nicholas Garcia and junior Noah Joachim then beat Samuel Hajibai and David Alabo, 8-2, at third to push the Blue Jays' lead to two. Freshmen Michael Buxbaum and Emerson Walsh closed out doubles play with an 8-5 decision over Jonathan Selegean and Joe Laskowski at first.
Garcia didn't need much time to pick up a win in singles as he lost just one game in beating Alabo by a 6-0, 6-1 score at sixth. Freshman Jeremy Dubin then clinched the win for Hopkins with a 6-2, 6-0 win at third over Jenkins. The win for Dubin was his 20th of the season as he becomes just the fifth freshman in program history to win 20 or more singles matches.
Hopkins will take on host and 15th-ranked Mary Washington on Sunday, May 11 at 1:00 pm. A bid to Claremont, CA and the NCAA Elite 8 is on the line.