Middlebury Defeats Johns Hopkins, 5-1, in NCAA Quarterfinals
• Score: #2 Middlebury-5, #14 Johns Hopkins-1
• Records: JHU (19-6) • MC (16-4)
• Location: Chattanooga, TN • Champions Club / McCallie School
• The Short Story: The Johns Hopkins women’s tennis team’s season came to an end with a 5-1 loss to second-ranked Middlebury Monday morning in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
How it Happened
• Just five games into doubles play, the match had to be suspended and moved indoors when rain hit the Champions Club. Once play resumed, the Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead with wins at first and second.
• Skylar Schossberger and Katy Hughes put Middlebury on top with an 8-2 win over seniors Mikey Barthelmass and Ashnaa Rao at first.
• Alexandra Fields and Christina Puccinelli followed with an 8-3 win at third over freshman Sophia Strickland and sophomore Kimberly Zou. Junior Caroline Greydak and senior Jody Law got the Blue Jays on the board as they beat Kaysee Orozco and Catherine Blazye, 8-4, at second.
• Blazye pushed the Panther’s lead to 3-1 with a 7-6, 6-0 win over Strickland at third singles. Maddie Stow then beat sophomore Chrissy Simon 7-5, 6-3 at sixth. Heather Boehm closed out the match at third fourth as she beat Greydka 6-4, 6-1.
• In the other matches, Rao was up a set and trailed 3-2 in the second versus Fields at first. Law and Puccinelli had split the first two sets and Puccinelli was up 1-0 in the third set at second. And at fifth, Zou won her first set and led Molly Paradies 3-2 in the second.
What it Means
• Hopkins ends its season at 19-6 and the most wins since 2014 when JHU won 24 matches. This is the eighth straight season with 17 or more wins for the Blue Jays.
• This was Hopkins’ fourth NCAA Quarterfinals appearance and first since 2014.
For the Record
• Law finishes her career with 43 career doubles wins, which is tied for 12th in school history. She played in 62 doubles matches in her career, which ranks 12th in school history. Law won 81 total matches in her career, tied for 12th while her 124 total matches played is tied for ninth in school history.
• Senior Anna Kankanala finishes her career with 44 singles wins, 37 doubles wins and 81 total wins. She ranks 10th in program history in singles wins, tied for 19th in doubles wins and tied for 12th in total wins. Senior Amanda Soo Ping Chow ends her career with 23 singles wins, 17 doubles wins and 40 total wins.
• Barthelmass counts 14 singles wins, 44 doubles wins and 58 total wins in her career. She ranks 11th in school history in doubles wins. Rao has 52 career singles wins, 38 doubles wins and 90 total wins. She is tied for fourth in singles wins, tied for 16th in doubles wins and ninth in total wins.
• Barthelmass and Rao will participate in the NCAA Individual Championship, May 25-27 in Chattanooga. Rao will play in the singles championship and will pair with Barthelmass for the doubles championship. The singles and doubles draws will be announced on Wednesday, May 24.