Bowdoin Edges Johns Hopkins, 5-4, in NCAA Quarterfinals
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Johns Hopkins and Bowdoin treated the fans at Kalamazoo's Sorensen Courts to an epic battle in the 2016 NCAA Quarterfinals Monday morning. The fourth-ranked Polar Bears rallied from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the 26th-ranked Blue Jays in a match that lasted four hours. Hopkins, which was making its fourth NCAA Elite 8 appearance in five years, has its nine-match win streak snapped and finishes the season at 19-6. Bowdoin, making its third quarterfinals appearance, advances to the semifinals for the first time and improves to 18-3.
The Blue Jays jumped out to a 3-0 lead on the Polar Bears by sweeping doubles. Juniors Mike Buxbaum and Jeremy Dubin grabbed the first point of the match with an 8-6 win over Luke Tercek and Luke Trinka at first doubles. Buxbaum is now 26-6 in doubles this season and 64-25 in his career. His 26 wins are the second most in school history, while his 64 career wins are tied for fifth most. Sophomore David Perez and freshman Scott Thygesen doubled Hopkins' lead with an 8-2 win at third over Gil Roddy and Chase Savage. Senior Nicholas Garcia and junior Emerson Walsh completed the sweep when they beat Jerry Jiang and Grant Urken, 8-5, at second. Garcia also counts 64 doubles wins in his career, tying Buxbaum and Warren Elgort '12. The win was also the 100th total win in his career, making him the 12th player in program history to reach the milestone.
The Polar Bears began their comeback at second and fifth singles, to pull within one. Kyle Wolfe got Bowdoin on the board with a tight 6-4, 6-4 win over Dubin at second. Roddy then beat sophomore Justin Kang 6-2, 6-2 at fifth to make it 3-2. Buxbaum pushed the Blue Jays one match from the semifinals as he beat Tercek 7-5, 6-2 at first. He went a combined 8-0 in the NCAA Tournament and now has 13 career tournament wins, tops in program history. He also has the most doubles wins (8) in the tournament and is tied for second in career singles wins (5).
Trinka made it a 4-3 match as he beat Garcia at third by a 6-3, 6-1 score. Garcia finishes his career with a combined record of 100-42, ranking him 12th in program history. Urken followed with a come-from-behind win at sixth, beating Walsh 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-2. Jiang also pulled out a three-set win, topping Perez 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5) at fourth to send the Polar Bears to the semifinals.