March 25, 2008
BALTIMORE, MD - The #14 Johns Hopkins women's tennis team rolled to its sixth straight win on Tuesday afternoon with a 9-0 win over Swarthmore. The Blue Jays are now 6-0 overall and 3-0 in the Centennial Conference, while the Garnet drop to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the conference. This is Hopkins best start to the season since 1981-82 when the Blue Jays won eight straight.
Hopkins opened the match by sweeping all three doubles to take a 3-0 lead. Freshman Yasmine Elamir (Saddle River, NJ/Heritage Academy (SC)) and sophomore Ellen Berlinghof (Fort Washington, PA/Upper Dublin) won at second doubles, beating Jamie Midyette and Alexis Hickman 6-2. Sophomore Amanda Schubert (Richmond, VA/Mills E. Godwin) and freshman Abby Dwyer (Stuart, FL/Jensen Beach) improved to 5-1 on the season with an 8-2 win over Erica Lukoski and Rebecca Commito at third. Junior Brittany Matava (Denver, CO/Littleton) and sophomore Anita Bhamidipati (Egg Harbor Township, NJ/Egg Harbor Township High School) won their fifth straight with an 8-4 win at first over Jennie Park and Luann Cignavitch.
Schubert won in straight sets at fifth, beating Hickman 6-1, 6-2. Berlinghof then clinched the match for Hopkins with a 6-1, 6-3 win at sixth over Sofia Gall. Elamir dropped just one game to Cignavitch at fourth for her sixth straight win. Dwyer then won her 10th straight to remain unbeaten, beating Lukoski 6-4, 6-1. At second, Bhamidipati dropped her first set to Midyette, but rebounded to win the second and third and improve to 10-2 on the season. And at first, Matava also dropped her first set, but went on to win the second and third to defeat Park. Matava now has 48 career singles wins, tied for second most in program history and just one shy of Tanya Gulnik's record of 49.
Hopkins returns to action on Saturday, March 29 when Franklin & Marshall visits Baltimore. The Centennial Conference match is slated to begin at 2:00 pm.