Fifth-ranked Wesleyan Defeats Johns Hopkins in NCAA Sweet 16
• Score: #5 Wesleyan-5, #17 Johns Hopkins-1
• Records: JHU (17-3) • WU (15-3)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • JHU Tennis Courts
• The Short Story: Fifth-ranked Wesleyan defeated host and 17th-ranked Johns Hopkins, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon to earn a berth in the NCAA Quarterfinals in Chattanooga, TN.
How it Happened
• Wesleyan took a 3-0 lead in the match by sweeping doubles in three close matches. Steven Chen and Cameron Daniels but the Cardinals on top with an 8-5 win at third over junior David Perez and sophomore Scott Thygesen.
• Michael Liu and Jake Roberts then won by the same score over freshman Joseph Cartledge and senior Jeremy Dubin at first. Tiago Eusebio and Win Smith closed out doubles as they beat junior Justin Kang and senior Emerson Walsh at second.
• Dubin earned a point for the Blue Jays as he beat Chen 6-3, 6-2, ranked second in the Northeast Region, at first singles. Liu pushed Wesleyan’s lead to 4-1 in the match as he defeated Walsh 6-3, 6-1 at second.
• Princeton Carter then clinched the win and the berth in the quarterfinals with a 6-2, 6-3 win at sixth over Kang.
• In the other matches, Eusebio was up a set (6-3) and was trailing 3-2 in the second set at third. At fourth, Joachim Samson won his first set 6-3 and was leading 4-3 in the second. And at fifth, Daniels was up a set (6-2) and was leading 4-2 in the second.
What it Means
• Today’s match was the first ever meeting between the Blue Jays and the Cardinals. Hopkins is now 16-12 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 4-6 in the Sweet 16.
• The Blue Jays finish the season with a 17-3 record (.850) for the best win percentage since the 2012-13 season when they went 20-3 (.869). It is also the fourth best win percentage in school history. This is the 10th straight season with at least 15 wins for Hopkins.
• Senior Mike Buxbaum, Dubin and Walsh led the Blue Jays to a record of 75-22 (.773) in their careers, along with four Centennial Conference titles, four NCAA Sweet 16s and three Elite 8 appearances.
For the Record
• Dubin now has seven singles wins in the NCAA Tournament (team), breaking Ben Hwang’s school record of six. He also has a combined 14 wins in the tournament, breaking Buxbaum’s record of 13.
• Walsh finishes his career with 28 singles wins, 80 doubles wins and 108 total wins. A four-time All-American, he ranks third in program history in career doubles wins and ninth in total wins.
• Buxbaum, who missed the remainder of the season after suffering an injury on April 9, ends his career with 66 singles wins, 75 doubles wins and 141 total wins. He earned All-America honors four times in doubles and three times in singles. He ranks fourth in JHU history in career singles and doubles wins and is third in total wins.
• Dubin and Cartledge will continue their seasons at the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championship, May 25-17 in Chattanooga, TN. The draw for the singles and doubles championships will be announced on Wednesday, May 24.