SWARTHMORE, Pa. – The Blue Hens went 2-0 Saturday with victories over Swarthmore (4-3) and Muhlenberg (7-0) at Swarthmore’s Michael Mullan Tennis Center.
Delaware (5-2) opened the day with a hard-fought, six-and-a-half hour match against the Garnet.
Swarthmore (0-1) picked up the first doubles win, but junior Blaise Casselbury and senior Colin Wong evened the match with a 6-4 top-flight victory over Mark Fallati and Josh Powell.
Freshmen Curran Verma and Justice Jones clinched the team doubles point with their 6-4 win against Simon Vernier and John Lathrop in the second flight.
The Garnet rebounded and pulled out victories in the top three singles flights before the Blue Hens rallied to capture flights three, four and five.
In No. 5 singles, Jones defeated Lathrop, 6-3, 7-5, before graduate student Dustin Britton posted the 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 decision over Powell in the fourth slot.
Freshman Guilherme Valdoleiros fell early, but came out on top, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2), to seal the deal for Delaware in No. 6 singles against Jiung Jung.
UD wrapped the afternoon by sweeping the Mules (0-2) en route to the program’s first three-match winning streak since April 2011.
In doubles action, Jones paired with classmate Nathan Benyowitz for the 6-1 win over Noah Sellinger and Jason Grant in the No. 1 spot. Sophomores Luis Marcano and Dominick Perez earned the team point in No. 2 doubles by defeating Mickey Schindler and Andrew Natko, 6-3.
Marcano continued with his first dual match singles victory of the season with the 6-0, 6-1 win against Natko in No. 5 singles.
Senior Asdrubal Marcano followed with his first win of the season in No. 6 singles by topping Eli Taylor-Kerman, 6-2, 6-2.
Benyowitz claimed the match in No. 3 singles with his 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Sellinger while Perez logged the 6-1, 6-0 No. 4 singles win over Alex Dagilis.
Wong posted a 6-0, 6-3 decision versus Grant in No. 2 singles before Jones wrapped the day with his third straight victory, a 6-1, 6-3 win against Schindler in top-flight play.
Head Coach Pablo Montana
[On Swarthmore match]: “It doesn’t get any closer than this. Kudos to Coach Mullan and his team for battling until the end. It’s no coincidence as to why his teams have won multiple NCAA Championships. We came out strong in doubles, but Swarthmore immediately bounced back in the singles taking courts 1-3, but then we outlasted them at the end by showing incredible effort and resiliency on courts 4-6.”
[On Muhlenberg match]: “We came out very strong in doubles and made our presence felt throughout singles. We were aggressive and played with confidence.”
   ·   Sunday, February 18 – Yeshiva at Delaware – Noon – Elkton Indoor Tennis (Elkton, Md.)
   ·   Sunday, February 25 – Bucknell at Delaware – 3 p.m. – DuPont Country Club (Wilmington, Del.)
   ·   Sunday, March 4 – Delaware at Lafayette – Noon – Northwood Racquet & Fitness Club (Easton, Pa.)
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