Shorewomen Finish Season with Best Winning Percentage in 24 Years
BALTIMORE, Md. -- Host Johns Hopkins, ranked ninth in all of Division III and third in the Atlantic South region, won its ninth consecutive Centennial Conference Championships with a 5-0 win over visiting Washington College, the region's 10th-ranked team, this afternoon in Baltimore.
The Blue Jays improved to 17-4 with today's win and also earned an automatic berth to the upcoming NCAA Division III Tournament. The Shorewomen finish their season 15-3, posting an 83.3 winning percentage, their best in 24 years and third-highest in team history. Washington went 5-0 in its inaugural season of 1975 and 16-2 (88.9%) in 1991.
The Blue Jays posted a pair of convincing wins at the bottom two doubles spots as Megumi Chen and Jody Law downed freshmen Krista Filiopoulos (Millersville, Md./Annapolis Area Christian) and Julie Lazer (Owings Mills, Md./McDonogh School), 8-1, at No. 2 and Amanda Austi and Caroline Greydak beat junior Blair Kang (Gangnam, South Korea/Westhill [Conn.]) and freshman Rachel Martinez (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif./Palos Verdes Peninsula), 8-2, at No. 3. Hopkins completed the doubles sweep with an 8-6 win by Shannon Herndon and Sydney Lehman against juniors Marielle McIntyre (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) and April Weaver (Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg) at No. 1.
Hopkins wrapped up the match courtesy of a 6-1, 6-0, win by Anna Kankanala over Kang at No. 6 singles and a 6-1, 6-0, victory by Law against Lazer at No. 3. Law was named the Most Valuable Player of the Centennial Conference Tournament. Hopkins had won the first set of three of the other four singles spots when the match was stopped. McIntyre had won the first set for the Shorewomen, 6-4, against Austi, the region's 23rd-ranked singles player, at No. 2.