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Hopkins Grabs 11th Consecutive Centennial Championship

May 7, 2017

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The Basics
• Score: #14 Johns Hopkins-5, #40 Swarthmore-0
• Records: JHU (17-5) • SC (12-6)
• Location: Baltimore, MD • JHU Tennis Courts
• The Short Story: The top-seeded Johns Hopkins women’s tennis team beat second-seeded Swarthmore, 5-0, on Sunday afternoon to win its 11th straight Centennial Conference Championship. Sophomore Kimberly Zou was named the tournament MVP after going 2-0 in the title match.

How it Happened
• Johns Hopkins jumped on top of Swarthmore by sweeping the doubles matches and losing just five games in the process. Freshman Sophia Strickland and Zou earned the first point of the match when they beat Vivien Fernandez and Arya Jemal, 8-1, at third.
• Seniors Mikey Barthelmass and Ashnaa Rao followed with an 8-3 win over Emma Kassan and Anna Scheibmeir at first. Junior Caroline Greydak and senior Jody Law wrapped up the sweep with an 8-1 win at second over Maria Cuervo and Alli Wong.
• Strickland picked up her second win of the day and grabbed the first singles point when she beat Shirline Wee 6-1, 6-2 at third. Zou then clinched the win and the championship with a 6-1, 6-0 win at fifth over Jemal.
• The Blue Jays were up a set in the other four singles matches. Rao was leading 4-3 in the second set at first while Law was tied at two-all in the second set at second singles. Greydak and freshman Katie Gauch had just begun their second sets at fourth and sixth, respectively.

What it Means
• Hopkins improves to 26-18 all-time against Swarthmore and has won 17 straight in the series. The Blue Jays are now 7-1 against the Garnet in the Centennial Conference Tournament, including 6-1 in the title match.
• Hopkins wins its 11th straight Centennial Conference title, four more than any other school in conference history.
• The Blue Jays secure their 12th straight NCAA Tournament appearance with the win.

For the Record
• Barthelmass, Law and Greydak all moved into a tie for fourth in doubles wins in the Centennial Tournament with seven each.
• Rao is now tied for 21st in school history with 35 career doubles wins.

Up Next
• Hopkins will learn its NCAA fate with the announcement of the bracket on Monday, May 8. Stay tuned to to see where the Blue Jays will play in the NCAA Tournament.