April 12, 2014
BALTIMORE, MD - The third-ranked Johns Hopkins women's tennis team shut out visiting Washington College, 9-0, on Homecoming Saturday afternoon. The Blue Jays remain the only unbeaten team in Centennial Conference play as they improve to 13-1 overall and 5-0 in the conference. The Shorewomen fall to 3-8 overall and 0-7 in the CC.
Hopkins jumped out to a 3-0 lead after doubles as they swept the matches while dropping just five total games. Sophomore Olivia Kasten and freshman Ashnaa Rao defeated Marielle McIntyre and April Weaver, 8-5, at first. Juniors Kaitlin Pfisterer and Macie Wilkins bested Amy Stevens and Emily Evans, 8-0, at second. And at third, freshmen Amanda Kankanala and Amanda Soo Ping Chow turned the same trick as they beat Tricia Valerio and Monica Benitez.
In singles play, Hopkins completed its sweep by winning all six matches and taking five of the six in straight sets. In three of those matches, the Blue Jays did not lose a game. Freshman Mikey Barthelmass won 12 straight games in her win at third over Emily Evans. Kankanala did the same at fourth in beating Amy Stevens. Soo Ping Chow clinched the win for the Blue Jays with her 6-0, 6-0 win over Benitez at sixth. Freshman Jody Law dropped just two games in a 6-1, 6-1 defeat of McIntyre at second. And at fifth, Wilkins won 6-2, 6-1 over Valerio. The toughest match came at first, where Rao won her first set, 6-4, but then lost her second 6-1 to Weaver. Rao then won a third-set superbreaker, 10-8, to take the win.
Hopkins returns to action on Tuesday, April 15 as the Blue Jays visit the Bryn Mawr Owls. The CC match is slated to start at 4:30 pm.