Women's Tennis defeated by #1 Johns Hopkins

#1 Johns Hopkins def. #8 UC-Santa Cruz, 9-0

SKILLSMAN, NJ -- The defending champion Johns Hopkins Blue Jays got off to a solid start to their title defense when facing the 8th seeds UC-Santa Cruz. The Banana Slugs were competing in their first ever match at the 2014 ITA Division III National Women's Team Indoor Championship and they had a tough task in playing the top seeds.

Johns Hopkins' Amanda Austi won at first singles

The Blue Jays got things rolling well in the doubles and got a 3-0 lead under their belts heading into the

singles. At first singles, the first set between Blue Jay Amanda Austi and UCSC's Alexandra Scotten was tight. Austi had a 5-2 lead shrink to 5-4 but she was able to serve out the first set and then won the second in a more straightforward manner for a 6-4, 6-1 victory. At second singles, Johns Hopkins' Ashnaa Rao cruised in the first set 6-0 over Katy Collins of Santa Cruz, but was tested in the second before closing out a 6-0, 6-4 win. The Blue Jays won easily in third to sixth singles to advance to the semifinals.

Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Woodring said it was a great start for his team. "It's always nice to get off to a good start. It's unfortunate for a team flying in from the west coast - I think they were a bit tired from the flight and time change, but they are definitely a good team and I think they will do well going forward. It was a good match for us to get started and kind of find our stride and get some matches under our belt."

Johns Hopkins will face 4th seeds Pomona-Pitzer in Saturday's semifinals.

-Stephanie Neppl, (sneppl@itatennis.com609-497 6921)