Oct. 12, 2013
BALTIMORE, MD - Amherst, a 2013 NCAA semifinalist, took a 2-1 lead after doubles and held on to beat host Johns Hopkins, 5-4, on Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays close out their fall season while the Jeffs travel to Pittsburgh on Sunday to take on the Carnegie Mellon Tartans.
Amherst took the first point of the match as Anton Zykov and Andrew Yaraghi beat juniors Edward Corty and Erik Lim, 8-2, at third doubles. Freshmen Michael Buxbaum and Emerson Walsh, fresh off a fifth-place finish at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championship, beat Joey Fritz and Justin Reindel, 8-6, at first to tie the match at one apiece. Michael Solimano and Aaron Revzin wrapped up doubles play with an 8-4 win at second over sophomore Nicholas Garcia and junior Noah Joachim to give the Jeffs a 2-1 lead.
Solimano pushed Amherst's lead to 3-1 with a 6-2, 6-0 win at fourth singles over Garcia. Buxbaum answered with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Yaraghi at second to pull Hopkins within one. Freshman Jeremy Dubin then tied the match at three-all with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Revzin at sixth. Zykov pulled out a 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 win at third over Lim to put Amherst back on top 4-3. Fritz followed with a 7-5, 5-7, 6-1 defeat of Hwang at first to clinch the win for the visitors. Junior Sam Weissler closed out the match with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win over Reindel at fifth to account for the final score.
Hopkins returns to action on March 21 as the Blue Jays face the Bates Bobcats in Fredericksburg, VA.