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Senior Dorothy Safron
Courtesy: Mark Campbell

Blue Hens Cruise Past George Mason and Mount St. Mary’s

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 09/07/2013
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TOWSON, Md. –The University of Delaware women’s tennis team finished its season-opening weekend on a high note as the Blue Hens cruised by George Mason and Mount St. Mary’s for eight total victories Saturday at the Towson Tiger Classic.

Delaware opened the day with the Patriots, winning three of five matches, all in singles play.

The Hens then followed by sweeping a young Mountaineers squad in both doubles and singles action.  Senior Dorothy Safron (New York, N.Y.) (at top) and junior Abby Martinez (Winter Haven, Fla.) teamed up for the first time as doubles partners in a Blue Hen uniform by defeating Jenny Smith and Kelly Smith, 8-0.

POST-MATCH QUOTES
Delaware Head Coach Laura Travis – “We couldn’t have asked for better conditions for our first tournament of the season.  Hot, sunny, long matches against fierce opponents and no substitutions are elements that have created an ideal environment to train our mental toughness.  Everyone has been sporting each other well and we stretched ourselves both mentally and physically.”

HEN SCRATCHINGS
  • There was no team scoring at this weekend’s Towson Tiger Classic.
  • Dating to last season, Dorothy Safron has won a career-best seven straight matches.
  • Safron has collected 60 career singles victories, tying her for 10th all-time in Delaware history with Megan Doran (2008-11).
  • Safron has 49 career doubles wins, a record that ties her for 13th all-time in UD history with Sari Shuster (2003-07).
  • Olivia Heim has 49 career singles wins, putting her 19th all-time in Delaware history.  Jessica Wilkes (1999-03) and Sari Shuster are tied for 17th all-time with 51 career victories.
  • Sophomore Nataliya Naumova collected her 20th career win against George Mason.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
  • September 20-22 – Cissie Leary Classic at Penn, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • September 27-29 – Saint Joseph’s Tournament, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • October 11-13 – Women’s Collegiate Invitational, Flushing Meadow, N.Y.

AGATE:
No team scoring

MATCH 1
DELAWARE VS. GEORGE MASON DOUBLES
1.  Brittany Pilkington/Ashley Delaney (GMU) def. Olivia Heim/Kim Milla (D), 8-6

DELAWARE VS. GEORGE MASON SINGLES
1.  Dorothy Safron (D) def. Sophia Santa Maria (GMU), 6-0, 6-2
2.  Carmen Lai (D) def. Morgan Yang (GMU), 4-6, 6-2, 10-3
3.  Nataliya Naumova (D) def. Marijke Boers (GMU), 6-3, 5-7, 13-11
4.  Erdenesuren Erdenebat (GMU) def. Abby Martinez (D), 4-6, 6-1, 11-9
Order of Finish:  1, 2, 4, 3

MATCH 2
DELAWARE VS. MOUNT ST. MARY’S DOUBLES
1.  Dorothy Safron/Abby Martinez (D) def. Jenny Smith/Kelly Smith (MSM), 8-0

DELAWARE VS. MOUNT ST. MARY’S SINGLES
1.  Nataliya Naumova (D) def. Sam Pinchoff (MSM), 6-1, 6-0
2.  Carmen Lai (D) def. Taylor D’Agostino (MSM), 6-2, 6-0
3.  Kim Milla (D) def. Danielle Nguyen (MSM), 6-3, 6-0
4.  Olivia Heim (D) def. Erin Benefiel (MSM), 6-1, 6-0
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