MIDDLEBURY, VT - The ninth-ranked Johns Hopkins men's tennis team won its school-record 16th straight match with a 5-1 win over Vassar in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday morning at host Middlebury College. The Blue Jays improve to 20-2 as they reach the 20-win plateau for just the second time in program history. The Brewers meanwhile, end their season at 10-13.
Seniors Andy Hersh and Jeff Kamei put Hopkins on the board first with an 8-3 win at third doubles over Christian Phelps and Josh Kessler. The win was Hersh's 50th career in doubles, making him the ninth player in program history to reach the mark. Vassar pulled even as Andrew Guzick and Daniel Cooper held off sophomores Tanner Brown and Erik Lim to win 8-6 at first. Freshman Nicholas Garcia and sophomore Noah Joachim gave the lead back to the Jays with an 8-5 win at second over Dan Freeman and Nick Jasso.
Hersh quickly gave Hopkins a 3-1 lead in the match as he didn't drop a game in a 6-0, 6-0 win at second singles over Freeman. Sophomore Ben Hwang pushed the Jays' lead to three with a 6-3, 6-1 defeat of Jasso at third. Lim then clinched the win at fourth after beating Cooper 6-3, 6-3.
Hopkins will now face the winner of the Middlebury-Drew match in the regional final on Sunday, May 12 at 12:00 pm. The winner advances to the NCAA Quarterfinals in Kalamazoo, MI on May 20. Live stats for Sunday's match are available here.