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L to R: Nataliya Naumova, Carmen Lai, head coach Laura Travis, Dorothy Safron
Courtesy: Delaware Athletics

Blue Hens Trio Claim SJU Invite Championships

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 09/29/2013
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The University of Delaware women’s tennis squad claimed two titles Sunday afternoon at the Saint Joseph’s Invitational as sophomore Nataliya Naumova (Moscow, Russia) won the Singles Flight 2 championship and senior Dorothy Safron (New York, N.Y.) paired with sophomore Carmen Lai (Shatin, Hong Kong) for the Doubles Flight 1 championship.

Naumova opened play Sunday with a 6-4, 2-6, 10-8, win over Temple’s Rebecca Breland before defeating Marcela Rosales from Drexel, 6-1, 6-3.

Safron and Lai also went 2-0 on the day to claim their title by picking up 8-6 victories over both Fairfield (Carolina Koladzyn/Monica Yajima) and SJU (Aurora Davis/Kristina Eisenbrand).
 
HEN SCRATCHINGS
     ·          Sophomore Nataliya Naumova claimed the Flight 2 Championship – her first title of the season.
     ·          Naumova has tied a career-best four-match winning streak.
     ·          Senior Dorothy Safron and sophomore Carmen Lai also claimed their first Doubles Championship of the season in Flight 1 action.
     ·          Safron and Lai are one win shy of their career-best five match winning streak, set last season.
     ·          Safron and Lai are 6-1 in doubles play this season.
     ·          Safron is 54-32 all-time in doubles action, a total good for 10th in Delaware history.
     ·          Delaware is 33-28 in singles play this season.
     ·          Delaware is 15-9 in doubles play this season.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
     ·       October 11-13 – Women’s Collegiate Invitational, Flushing Meadow, N.Y.
     ·       October 18-21 – USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals, Charlottesville, Va.
     ·       Fall season complete.

AGATE
No Team Scoring

DOUBLES FLIGHT 1
Dorothy Safron/Carmen Lai (UD) def. Carolina Koladzyn/Monica Yajima (Fairfield), 8-6
            Safron/Lai (UD) def. Aurora Davis/Kristina Eisenbrand (SJU), 8-6

DOUBLES FLIGHT 2
Fiorella Coria/Nicole Pivonka (Drexel) def. Christina Harrington/Abby Martinez (UD), 8-7 (6)

SINGLES FLIGHT 1
Yajima (Fairfield) def. Safron (UD), 6-1, 6-2

SINGLES FLIGHT 2
Marcela Rosales (Drexel) def. Olivia Heim (UD), 1-6, 6-3, 10-5
Nataliya Naumova (UD) def. Rebecca Breland (Temple), 6-4, 2-6, 10-8
            Naumova (UD) def. Rosales (Drexel), 6-1, 6-3

SINGLES FLIGHT 3
Christina Harrington (UD) def. Erin Bowsher (Drexel), 6-2, 6-2
            Jordan Batey (Temple) def. Harrington (UD), 6-4, 6-2

SINGLES FLIGHT 4
Alex Bell (Drexel) def. Martinez (UD), 3-6, 6-1, 10-7

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