May 9, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Johns Hopkins men's tennis team had three players selected for the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship it was announced Wednesday night. Freshman Michael Buxbaum and junior Ben Hwang were selected for the singles championship, while Buxbaum and classmate Emerson Walsh were picked for the doubles championship. Hopkins, ranked seventh in the nation, begins NCAA Team Championship play on Saturday, May 10 at Mary Washington.
The individual championships consist of 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The selection of teams and individuals for the championships are based on win-lost record, strength of schedule, and eligibility and availability of student-athletes. The individual championships will take place May 22-24, at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, CA and will be hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
Johns Hopkins has had at least one singles player and one doubles team selected for the NCAA Championship in each of the last seven seasons. This marks the fourth time in the same time period that a Blue Jay will compete in both the singles and doubles championship.
Buxbaum enters the NCAA Tournament with a 16-4 singles record, including a 12-2 record in dual matches. He is currently ranked second in the Atlantic South in singles and he is just the third freshman in program history to be selected to the singles championship. Hwang earns his first individual NCAA selection and is currently 13-8 overall and 7-6 in dual matches. In September, he lost in the ITA Southeast Regional Championship, to the eventual national champion, and ended the fall ranked 15th in the nation. Hwang is currently ranked 11th in the region and is 11th in Hopkins history with 43 career singles wins.
Buxbaum and Walsh, ranked number one in the Atlantic South, are 18-7 on the season. They are the second and third freshmen in program history to receive a bid the NCAA Doubles Championship, joining Casey Blythe, who did so in 2008. The pair won the ITA Southeast Doubles Championship in September, earning All-America honors, and went on to finish fifth at the USTA/ITA National Small College Championship.