Johns Hopkins Defeats Men's Tennis 5-1 in Centennial Conference Championship Match
BALTIMORE - Despite a victory at No. 2 doubles from senior Zak Kelm and sophomore Christian Carcione, the Swarthmore College men's tennis team (14-10) was defeated by Johns Hopkins 5-1 in the Centennial Conference Championship Match on Sunday afternoon.
The Garnet - ranked No. 27 in the nation and No. 3 in the Centennial playoffs - battled all match but could not topple the mighty Blue Jays, who captured their sixth consecutive Centennial title.
Hopkins jumped out to a 2-0 lead, winning No. 1 (8-5) and No. 3 (8-1) doubles before Kelm and Carcione put the Garnet on the board.
In singles play, the Blue Jays sealed the title with wins at the No. 2, No. 5 and No. 6 positions. Tanner Brown defeated senior Max Bressman 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 to make it a 3-1 match, Warren Elgort topped sophomore Preston Poon 6-1, 6-4 at No. 5 to put the Blue Jays ahead 4-1 and Erik Lim clinched the title with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Carcione at No. 6.
The Garnet's at-large NCAA playoff hopes now rest in the hands of the NCAA Division III selection committee.
#16 Johns Hopkins 5, #27 Swarthmore 1
Apr 29, 2012 at Baltimore, MD (JHU Tennis Courts)
|1. Andy Hersh (JHUM) vs. Zak Kelm (SWAT) 7-5, 1-2, unfinished|
|2. Tanner Brown (JHUM) def. Maxwell Bressman (SWAT) 6-2, 6-2|
|3. Ben Hwang (JHUM) vs. Anthony Collard (SWAT) 6-1, 2-1, unfinished|
|4. Jensen Reiter (JHUM) vs. Max Kaye (SWAT) 6-5, unfinished|
|5. Warren Elgort (JHUM) def. Preston Poon (SWAT) 6-1, 6-4|
|6. Erik Lim (JHUM) def. Christian Carcione (SWAT) 6-4, 6-3|
|1. Jacob Barnaby/Warren Elgort (JHUM) def. Maxwell Bressman/Max Kaye (SWAT) 8-5|
|2. Christian Carcione/Zak Kelm (SWAT) def. Andy Hersh/Jeff Kamei (JHUM) 9-8 (8-6)|
|3. Tanner Brown/Erik Lim (JHUM) def. Anthony Collard/Daniel Park (SWAT) 8-1|
|Swarthmore 14-10; National ranking #27; Regional ranking #8|
|Johns Hopkins 17-4; National ranking #16; Regional ranking #2|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,5,6)|
|2012 Centennial Conference Championship|
|Johns Hopkins wins 6th straight and 7th overall Centennial Conference title|
|JHU earns conference automatic qualifier to NCAA Tournament|