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Rao Falls in Round of 16 at NCAA Singles Championship

May 25, 2017

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The Basics
Johns Hopkins women’s tennis seniors Mikey Barthelmass and Ashnaa Rao concluded their careers on Thursday at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championship in Chattanooga, TN.

How it Happened
• Playing for the second time in 11 days, Rao once again prevailed over Tufts’ Mina Karamercan in straight sets in the round of 32 in the singles championship. Rao led 5-3 in the first set but fell behind 6-5 before rallying to take the first set, 7-6. She then beat Karamercan 6-4 in the second to advance to the round of 16. Rao then faced third-seeded and sixth-ranked Caroline Casper of Pomona-Pitzer. The 2016 ITA National Rookie of the Year, Casper defeated Rao 6-2, 6-2 to move to the NCAA Quarterfinals.
• Barthelmass and Rao then dropped a tough three-set match to Sarah Ikioka and Elizabeth Johnson of Redlands. The Blue Jay duo won the first set 6-3, but the Bulldogs won the second and third by the same 6-1 score.

What it Means
• Rao wins a match at the NCAA Singles Championship for the second straight year. She is just the third player in program history to do so.
• Rao earns All-America honors with her first-round win, her third career singles All-America accolade. She is the first player in program history to accomplish the feat. She earned All-America honors in doubles, with Barthelmass, earlier this year and is now the third player in program history to earn singles and doubles All-America accolades in the same season.

For the Record
• Rao finishes her career with a 53-24 record in singles and 38-32 in doubles for a combined record of 91-56. She is tied for third in school history in career singles wins, tied for 16th in doubles wins and tied for eighth in total wins.
• Barthelmass ends her career with a 44-18 record in doubles and a 13-10 mark in singles for a combined record of 57-28. She ranks 11th in school history in career doubles wins.