FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Johns Hopkins seniors Mike Buxbaum and Emerson Walsh grabbed their fourth ITA Southeast Doubles Championship on Monday at the University of Mary Washington. The pair went 20-0 in doubles at the ITA Southeast Regional in their career. They also earn All-America honors and a spot in the 2016 ITA Oracle Cup in Surprise, AZ.
The ITA Oracle Cup, formerly the ITA National Small College Championship, will take place at the Surprise Tennis & Racquet Club October 13-16. A Hopkins doubles team has now won the ITA Southeast Doubles title six times in the last nine years. In addition, Hopkins has beaten a team from Carnegie Mellon in each of the last three years in the title match.
Seeded second in the draw, despite having won the three previous titles, Buxbaum and Walsh won all five of their matches to take the 2016 championship. Buxbaum now ranks fourth in school history with 69 career doubles wins, while Walsh ranks sixth with 66 wins. They are the only players in program history to earn All-America honors in doubles four times.
After a first-round bye, the pair opened with an 8-2 win over Zack Ely and Thomas Harmon (WL) in the round of 32. Buxbaum and Walsh then defeated Joseph Dillenbeck and Joshua Rodgers (BC), 8-1, and fifth-seeded Justin Cerny and David Reed (CNU), 9-7. In the semifinals, Buxbaum and Walsh beat Michael Rozenvasser and Kenny Zheng (CMU), seeded fifth, by an 8-1 score. The pair claimed its fourth title with a 6-4, 6-3 win over top-seeded Vayum Arora and Daniel Levine (CMU) in the championship match.
The Blue Jays placed three other doubles teams in the quarterfinals of the doubles draw in junior David Perez and sophomore Scott Thygesen; freshman Joseph Cartledge and senior Jeremy Dubin; and freshman Austin Gu and junior Justin Kang.
Perez and Thygesen, seeded ninth, earned a first-round bye and then beat Hudson Graf and Julian Sweeney (CMU), 8-2. In the round of 16, the pair defeated fifth-seeded Will Bannister and Jordan Krasner (WL) by an 8-4 score. They then fell to Arora and Levine, 8-1, in the quarterfinals. Cartledge and Dubin, seeded fifth in the draw, also had a first-round bye. The pair opened with an 8-1 win over Dominic Lacombe and Andrew Mason (CNU). Cartledge and Dubin then squared off against their teammates, freshmen Matthew Sklar and Vikram Vasan. Cartledge and Dubin grabbed the win, 8-2, but then lost to fourth-seeded Mark Fallati and Joshua Powell (Swat), 8-4.
Sklar and Vassan won their first match, beating Zachary Novick and Jake Sandler (WC), 8-1, in the first round. They then defeated ninth-seeded Ryland Byrd and Michael Fleming (UMW), 8-6. On the bottom half of the draw, Gu and Kang opened with an 8-2 win over Roy Liberman and Dean Polisen (JU). They then beat Mitchell Tomas and March Zheng (WL), 8-5, and third-seeded Brandon Griffin and Matthew Miles (UMW), 9-7. Gu and Kang then lost to Rosenvasser and Zheng, 8-6, in the quarterfinals.
In the championship singles draw, Buxbaum was the top seed and advanced to the semifinals for the third straight year. He opened with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Zach Levin (FM) and a 6-2, 6-0 win over Derek Hagino (UMW). Buxbaum beat Powell 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals and then Miles 6-1, 6-2. His run ended in the semifinals to fifth-seeded Rozenvasser 6-2, 6-2, who went on to win the title. This marks the first time since 2007 that Hopkins has not had a player in the finals of the Championship Singles draw.
Sklar won his first match in three sets, beating ninth-seeded Zheng 7-5, 1-6, 10-5. He had an easier go in the second round as he topped Dillenbeck 6-1, 6-1. Sklar then fell to Miles 6-1, 6-2 in the round of 16. Perez, seeded ninth in the draw, dropped just two games 6-2, 6-0 in his first round win over Dillon Sykes (CNU). He then rallied to beat Lauri Soome (AV) 2-6, 7-6 (4), 10-7. Perez lost to fourth-seeded Griffin 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in the round of 16.
Freshman Aaron Carey opened with an upset win, taking down ninth-seeded John Larkin (Swat) 6-1, 6-3. He followed that with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Sandler before falling to Rozenvasser 3-6, 6-1, 6-0. Kang won his first match 7-6 (4), 7-5 over Joseph Brown (UMW) and then lost to fifth-seeded Cerny 6-1, 3-6, 10-7. Dubin, seeded ninth in the draw, did not lose a game in his first round win over Daisuke Nakamura (Hav). He beat Mark Prettyman (CMU) 6-4, 6-4 in the round of 32 and then lost to third-seeded Fallati 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.
Gu won his first match 7-6 (3), 6-0 over Arttu Fiva (CNU) and then defeated fifth-seeded Krasner 6-3, 6-1. His run ended in the round of 16 to Courtney Murphy (Wilk) 6-4, 6-0. Walsh, seeded ninth, lost his first round match to Kevin Xu (Swat) 6-4, 2-6, 13-11. In the consolation draw, he beat Colt Williamson (Sal) 8-4.
In the Blue 1 Singles draw, it was an all-Blue Jay final for Cartledge and classmate Cody Kim. Cartledge opened with an 8-1 win over Elliot Diehl (Gou) and then Andrew Pace (FM) 6-2, 6-2. He advanced to the championship match with an 8-2 win over Kiril Kirkov (CMU). Kim won 8-5 over Charlie Kittredge (WL) and then Max Fritsch (UMW), 8-1. He moved on to the finals with an 8-3 win over Lacombe.