WILMINGTON, Del. – It came down to the very last match and in the end, the Blue Hens came out victorious with the 4-3 win over Bucknell Sunday afternoon at DuPont Country Club.
Delaware (7-2) opened play by sweeping doubles competition and quickly taking the 1-0 lead.
Bucknell (1-6) bounced back and tied things at 1-1 with the No. 2 singles victory before Hens graduate student Dustin Britton (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) grabbed the 7-6 (3), 6-3 No. 4 singles win over Andrei Vitiuc.
The matched continued to go back and forth as the Bison followed with wins in the third and first flights before Delaware took the three-set matches in the fifth and sixth flights.
In No. 5 singles, freshman Justice Jones (Laurel, Md./JTCC School) collected his fourth straight victory of the year by topping Ben Gerber, 6-0, 2-6, 6-4.
Classmate Guilherme Valdoleiros (Marco de Canaveses, Portugal) clinched the win in the sixth spot with his fourth consecutive victory with the 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (6) decision against Colin Sacco.
Head Coach Pablo Montana
“We have definitely picked up our doubles game and we are very disciplined with the system we are using. In our singles play, we are still trying to figure out how we can win on courts one through three, but I love the way in which they are competing. Gui showed amazing guts and heart as this is now the second time he has clinched the deciding point for us. As always, this is a whole team effort and I’m proud of this team for fighting until the end. Almost every team on our schedule is just like us and the difference whether we win or lose is going to come down to which team is tougher. We had a great week of practice coming into this match and we have been working on our mental toughness and strategy since the fall. “
   ·   The Blue Hens have won five straight for the first time since March 2009.
   ·   Delaware is off to a 7-2 start for the first time since opening 8-2 during the 2008-09 campaign.
   ·   The Hens are 34-20 (.630) in singles dual matches and 16-10 (.615) in doubles dual matches this season.
   ·   Seven Hens have winning streaks of two matches or more.
   ·   Sunday, March 4 – Delaware at Lafayette – Noon – Northwood Racquet & Fitness Club (Easton, Pa.)
   ·   Saturday, March 10 – Delaware at Coppin State – 11 a.m. – Coppin State Tennis Courts (Baltimore, Md.)
   ·   Wednesday, March 14 – Delaware at Penn – 2 p.m. – Hecht Tennis Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)
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