Cranford & Papen Blank Region's Top-Ranked Doubles Team in Loss for Shoremen; Cranford Also Wins Over Higher-Ranked Opponent at No. 1 Singles
CHESTERTOWN, MD -- Visiting Johns Hopkins University, the 13th-ranked team in Division III and third-ranked team in the Atlantic South region, topped host Washington College, the region's 13th-ranked team, 7-2, in a Centennial Conference men's tennis match today inside Johnson Fitness Center. The Blue Jays improved to 16-3 overall and finish the conference's regular season with a 9-0 mark, while the Shoremen fell to 9-7 overall and finish the conference regular season at 5-4.
Senior Adam Cranford (Bel Air, MD/John Carroll) and junior Kevin Papen (Dover, DE/Caesar Rodney) led off doubles with a big 8-0 win over the region's top-ranked doubles team - Jacob Barnaby and Casey Blythe - at No. 1 to give the Shoremen a 1-0 lead. Barnaby and Blythe entered the match undefeated at 13-0 at No. 1 doubles. They had won 17 consecutive doubles matches dating back to last season.
Hopkins evened the score when Andrew Wang and Andy Hersh completed an 8-2 win over senior Kristian Wilson (Germantown, PA/home school) and freshman Marc Cywinski (Brisbane, Australia/Pendleton [FL]) at No. 2. The Blue Jays pulled ahead, 2-1, with a 9-7 victory by German Gonzalez and Jeff Kamei over junior Aaron Ellison (Largo, FL/St. Petersburg) and junior John Menzione (Chadds Ford, PA/Kennett) at No. 3.
Hopkins extended its lead to 3-1 as Blythe defeated junior Kyle Lisco (Toms River, NJ/Toms River North), 6-0, 6-0, at No. 3 singles. Jeremy Schwartz then finished a 6-3, 6-2, victory over Ellison at No. 4 to extend the Blue Jay lead to 4-1. The Blue Jays clinched the match when Hersh, ranked 12th in the region in singles, completed a 7-5, 6-1, win over Papen at No. 2. Barnaby then added a 6-4, 6-2, victory over freshman Joel Novick (Cape May Court House, NJ/Middle Township) at No. 5 to make it 6-1.
Cranford, the region's 19th-ranked singles player, picked up the Shoremen's second point with a 3-6, 6-4, 10-4, upset win over Wang, the region's seventh-ranked singles player, at No. 1. Gonzalez accounted for the Blue Jays' final point with a 6-3, 6-2, victory over Menzione at No. 6.
The Shoremen will play in the first round match of the Centennial Conference Tournament Wednesday at Haverford. The Shoremen are the tournament's fifth seed, while Haverford is the fourth seed. The winner of that match will play at top-seeded Hopkins in a semifinal match one week from today.