Sept. 30, 2013
FREDERICKBURG, VA - Johns Hopkins freshmen Michael Buxbaum and Emerson Walsh won the 2013 ITA Southeast Doubles Championship Monday afternoon to bring home the program's third regional doubles title. The duo beat a pair of teammates in the final, sophomore Nicholas Garcia and junior Noah Joachim. Junior Ben Hwang, seeded sixth, played his way into the championship of the singles draw before falling to fifth-seeded Abhishek Alla of Carnegie Mellon. In addition, to Buxbaum and Walsh's title, freshman Jeffrey Mckenzie won the Blue 1 Singles Draw.
With their title, Buxbaum and Walsh advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championship scheduled for October 10-13 in Fort Myers, FL. The USTA/ITA National Small College Championship is comprised of the eight regional champions (and/or at-large selections) from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges. The duo also earns ITA All-America honors with the win, becoming the first freshmen in program history to earn All-America honors in doubles. Buxbaum and Walsh join juniors Tanner Brown & Erik Lim (2012) and David Maldow '10 & Andrew Wang`11 (2008) as ITA Southeast Doubles Champions.
Sixth-seeded Buxbaum and Walsh earned a first-round bye and beat three seeded teams, including the top seed, en route to the title. The pair opened with an 8-1 win over Alex Elbogen and Evan Lord (Ursinus) and then beat Thomas Johnson and Brian Krouskos (Washington & Lee), 8-2 to advance the quarterfinals. Buxbaum and Walsh beat fourth-seeded Will Duncan and Christian Heaney-Secord (Carnegie Mellon), 8-4, to set up a semifinal match versus the number one seed. The Blue Jay duo continued their run with a 9-8 (7) win over top-seeded Michael Holt and Tyalor Shamshiri (Washington & Lee) to advance to the championship and a meeting with another Hopkins doubles team. Buxbaum and Walsh defeated Garcia and Joachim, seeded ninth, by a 6-4, 6-3 score to claim the championship.
Garcia and Joachim's run to the championship final started with an 8-5 win over Chris Hu and Jordan Krasner (Washington & Lee) in the round of 32. The pair then faced three straight doubles teams from host Mary Washington on its way to the finals. Garcia and Joachim beat fifth-seeded Tyler Carey and Evan Charles, 8-2, to move on to the quarterfinals where they beat Andrew Curtis and Brandon Griffin, 9-8. In the semifinals, the duo beat Alex Blakhin and David Lunding-Johansson by an 8-4 score to advance to the championship match.
Also in the championship draw were juniors Tanner Brown and Erik Lim, the defending champion and second seed. After a first round bye, the pair beat Elliot Perow and Dean Polisena (Juniata), 8-3 to advance the round of 16. The duo then had to withdraw due to an injury to Brown. On the top half of the draw, Hwang and sophomore Nathan Law opened with an 8-3 win over Mike Cable and Christian Lynn (Bridgewater). The pair then beat Max Blumenthal and Jason Teitelbaum (Muhlenberg) by an 8-2 score. Hwang and Law then lost to Duncan and Heaney-Secord, 8-2, in the round of 16. Mckenzie and sophomore Chris Jouwon their first-round match, beating Steven Boslett and Sam Thompson (Christopher Newport), 8-5. The duo then lost to Holt and Shamshiri, 8-1.
Hopkins had eight players in the Championship Singles Draw and sixth of those were seeded. Hwang opened with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Stratton Gilmore (Mary Washington) in the opening round. He then beat Eric Spangler (Salisbury) 6-1, 6-2 and ninth-seeded Kiril Kirkov (Carnegie Mellon) 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals. Hwang lost just two games in a 6-0, 6-2 win over third-seeded Carey to move on. In the semifinals, he upset second-seeded Heaney-Secord 6-2, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to make it to the championship match, where he lost 6-2, 6-1 to Alla.
Brown, a semifinalist the last two years, was the top seed in the draw. He won 6-1, 6-0 over Daniil Lyalko (Roanoke) in the first round and then beat Hu 6-2, 6-4 in the second before withdrawing from the tournament. Lim, seeded eighth, beat Chiraag Shetty (Christopher Newport) 6-2, 6-0 in the opening round. He then beat Zach Mason (Haverford) 6-1, 6-0 to advance to the round of 16. Lim then lost a hard-fought three-setter to ninth-seeded Jack Kasbeer (Carnegie Mellon) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6. Garcia, seeded ninth, won his first two matches before falling in the second round to Heaney-Secord. He opened with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Ryan Byrd (Randolph-Macon) and then beat Thomas Johnson (Washington & Lee) 6-1, 6-1. In the third round, Gacia fell 6-4, 6-3 to Heaney-Secord.
Buxbaum, seeded ninth, also won his first two matches before falling in the round of 16. He beat Brandon Larsen (Bridgewater) 6-2, 6-0 in the first round and then defeated Max Kaye (Swarthmore) 6-3, 6-1. Buxbaum lost to Duncan 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in the third round. Also seeded ninth was Walsh, who dropped a tough 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 loss to Holt in the first round. Freshman Jeremy Dubinlost 6-3, 6-2 to seventh-seeded Graham Wilson (Virginia Wesleyan) in the first round. Jou won his opening round match over Bryce Beisswanger (Carnegie Mellon) 7-6, 6-1 but then lost to Shamshiri 6-4, 6-3 in the second round.
In the Blue 1 Singles Draw, McKenzie won all four of his matches, while dropping just one set, to win the title. He opened with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Michael Dodd (Christopher Newport) and then beat Andy Dougherty (Haverford) 6-1, 7-6 to advance to the semifinals. Mckenzie defeated Joshua Kane (Franklin & Marshall) 6-3, 6-4 to move on to the finals, where he came from behind to beat John Larkin (Swarthmore) 2-6, 6-4, 10-1. In the other half of the draw, Joachim opened with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Lynn. He then lost a tough three-setter to Larkin 6-4, 3-6, 14-12.