May 19, 2014
CLAREMONT, CA – Host and top-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps took a 2-1 lead after doubles and held off an upset-minded Johns Hopkins team to win 5-3 in the opening match of the 2014 NCAA Quarterfinals Monday morning. The Blue Jays, ranked seventh, finish their season with a 20-5 record while the Stags improve to 29-1 and advance to Tuesday’s semifinal. Hopkins is just the second Division III school to take three points off Claremont-Mudd-Scripps this season, as Amherst did the same on March 21. CMS’ only loss the season came to Division I power UCLA.
The Stags took the first point of the match at one doubles in a battle between the top-ranked doubles team from the West region versus the number one team from the Atlantic South. CMS’ Joe Dorn and Warren Wood, picked up an 8-4 win over freshmen Michael Buxbaum and Emerson Walsh to take the early lead. Skyler Butts and Neel Kotrappa then beat juniors Tanner Brown and Erik Lim, 8-5, at second to double the Stags’ lead. Sophomore Nicholas Garcia and junior Noah Joachim picked up a point for the Blue Jays as they beat Nik Marino and Zhenya Pereverzin at third doubles by an 8-6 score.
Wood pushed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ lead to 3-1 in the match as he held off Buxbaum 6-3, 6-4 at first singles. Brown pulled Hopkins back within one just a short time later with a 6-2, 6-4 over Marino at third. The loss was Marino's first of the season. Lim then tied the match at three points apiece as he beat Daniel Morkovine 6-1, 6-4 at fifth. Butts answered for the Stags with a 7-5,6-2 win at fourth over freshman Jeremy Dubins. Pereverzin then clinched the win with a win over Garcia. He won the first set 6-2, but had to hold on to win the second 7-6 (1).
Hopkins finishes with its second straight 20-win season and third in the last five seasons. The Blue Jays return all eight of their starters next season and only three of those will be seniors – Brown, Lim and Joachim. The season will continue for Buxbaum, Hwang and Walsh in the NCAA Singles & Doubles Championship, which will begin on Thursday, May 22.