FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Senior captain Bella Stone earned the point for the Bates women's tennis team at No. 2 singles in an 8-1 defeat to the No. 26 nationally ranked Johns Hopkins, Friday at the University of Mary Washington.
Bates (3-4) continues play in UMW's annual Blue-Grey Invitational on Saturday at 1pm against Gustavus Adolphus College.
Johns Hopkins (1-1) took a 3-0 lead in doubles to take command of the match early. Anije Kashyap and Sophia Strickland defeated Bates sophomore Hannah Sweeney (Franklin, Mass.) and first-year Anna Rozin (Toronto, Ontario) 8-3 at No. 1 doubles. Stone (Concord, Mass.) and junior Isabelle Rovinski (New York, N.Y.) fell 8-5 to Kimberly Zou and Dhanya Asokumar at No. 2, while junior Lauren Hernandez (Dayton, N.J.) and first-year Sydney Byrnes (Aix-en-Provence, France) lost 8-5 to Chrissy Simon and Jessia Liang at third doubles.
Stone battled back from a set down to defeat Strickland 2-6, 6-4, 11-9 at second singles to win Bates' point. Two other matches also went to a third set, but they both went the Blue Jays' way. Zou defeated Rozin 5-7, 7-6, 10-4 at No. 3 singles, and at No. 4, junior Suzanne Elfman (Longmeadow, Mass.) battled Asokumar to a 6-1, 2-6, 7-5 loss.