Four Blue Hens Post 2-0 Records to Advance To Respective Flight Semifinals at SJU Invitational
Senior Dorothy Safron (New York, N.Y.) led UD in Flight 1 with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Loyola’s Katelyn Hissong followed by a 6-4, 6-1 victory against Drexel’s Nicole Pivonka. Safron will face off against Fairfield’s Monica Yajima in the Flight 1 semifinals at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.
Senior Olivia Heim (Gibsonia, Pa.) advanced to the Flight 2 semifinals after defeating Loyola’s Ania Krawiec, 6-1, 6-1 and Villanova’s Linley Busby, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Heim opens play Sunday at 8:30 a.m. against Drexel’s Marcela Rosales.
Also going 2-0 on the day was junior Christina Harrington (Millersville, Md.), who picked up a 6-0, 4-6, 10-6 victory over Brittini Jentz from Saint Francis (Pa.) before going 6-2, 6-2 against SJU’s Alex Zachem. Harrington will take on Drexel’s Erin Bowsher at 8:30 a.m. in the Flight 3 semifinals.
Junior Abby Martinez (Winter Haven, Fla.) is currently riding a career-best four-match winning streak following victories over Lafayette’s Jordyn Spellberg and Villanova’s Hayley Sanzone. Martinez defeated both Spellberg and Sanzone by scores of 6-2, 6-2. She looks to continue her winning streak with a 10 a.m. match against Drexel’s Alex Bell.
· The SJU Invitational wraps up Sunday with play beginning at 8:30 a.m.
· Dorothy Safron holds a career record of 62-33, a mark that ties for eighth in Delaware history with Karen Greenstein (1996-00) and Amanda Campbell (2005-09).
· Olivia Heim is 52-36 in a Delaware uniform, a record good for 17th in UD history.
· Delaware is 30-24 in singles play this season.
· First-year Hen Abby Martinez has won a career-best four straight matches.
· Martinez holds a career-record of 5-5 in a Delaware uniform.
· September 27-29 – Saint Joseph’s Tournament, Philadelphia, Pa.
· October 11-13 – Women’s Collegiate Invitational, Flushing Meadow, N.Y.
· October 18-21 – USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals, Charlottesville, Va.
No team scoring
SINGLES FLIGHT 1
Dorothy Safron (UD) def. Katelyn Hissong (Loyola), 6-0, 6-1
Safron (UD) def. Nicole Pivonka (Drexel), 6-4, 6-1
Carmen Lai (UD) def. Rocine Moschella (Lafayette), 6-2, 6-2
Alicia Doms (Temple) def. Lai (UD), 6-2, 6-0
SINGLES FLIGHT 2
Olivia Heim (UD) def. Ania Krawiec (Loyola), 6-1, 6-1
Heim (UD) def. Linley Busby (Villanova), 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Nataliya Naumova (UD) def. Amanda Kusnierz (Lafayette), 6-2, 6-2
Allison Kuse (Villanova) def. Naumova (UD), 6-0, 6-3
SINGLES FLIGHT 3
Christina Harrington (UD) def. Brittini Jentz (SFU), 6-0, 4-6, 10-6
Harrington (UD) def. Alex Zachem (SJU), 6-2, 6-2
Kim Milla (UD) def. Anna Marie Devlin (SJU), 6-2, 6-0
Jordan Batey (Temple) def. Milla (UD), 6-0, 6-0
SINGLES FLIGHT 4
Abby Martinez (UD) def. Jordyn Spellberg (Lafayette), 6-2, 6-2
Martinez (UD) def. Hayley Sanzone (Villanova), 6-2, 6-2