ELKTON, Md. – Resiliency is a word that Head Coach Laura Travis uses a lot when she talks about this year’s University of Delaware women’s tennis team.

That’s exactly what was on display on Wednesday when the Blue Hens battled back and fought their way to a 4-3 win over Cal-State Northridge (CSUN) at the Elkton Indoor Courts.

“I’m really proud of the resilience this group showed today,” Travis said. “We lost two really tough doubles matches, but they regrouped and really played focused tennis in singles to give us our first ever win over a team from California.”

The Matadors took the doubles point with tie-breaking wins at the top two spots in the doubles lineup.

Sophomore Brooke Pilkington evened the match up with a straight set, 6-0, 6-3 at the top singles spot, but CSUN responded with a singles win of their own to retake a 2-1 lead.

Juniors Sara Komer and Sarah Hall would give Delaware a 3-2 lead with straight set wins of their own, but CSUN followed with a three-set win at #5 singles to bring it to the final match at #6 singles.

That’s where senior Arielle Shuren eased to a 6-1, 6-2 win to secure the 4-3 win for the Blue Hens.

Delaware returns to action on Friday, March 23 when they host the Seahawks of UNCW. The match is set for 1 p.m. at the Delaware Fieldhouse Outdoor Courts, but will be played at 11:30 a.m. on the Elkton Indoor Courts weather depending.


Doubles (3, 1, 2*)

  1. Alcon/Van de Vondel (CSUN) def. Pilkington/Komer (UD), 7-6 (4)
  2. Dinkelmeyer/Taslagyan (CSUN) def. Hall/Studnicki (UD), 7-6 (5)
  3. Sabotic/Whited (UD) def. Roenholt/Bagumyan, 6-4

Singles (1,3,2,4,5,6*)

  1. Brooke Pilkington def. Skyla Alcon (CSUN), 6-0, 6-3
  2. Sara Komer(UD) def. Monika Van de Vondel (CSUN), 6-1, 6-4
  3. Alicia Dinkelmeyer (CSUN) def. Amanda Studnicki, 6-2, 6-1
  4. Sarah Hall (UD) def. Emma Roenholt (CSUN), 6-2, 6-4
  5. Mari Taslagyan (CSUN) def. Sarah Whited, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
  6. Arielle Shuren (UD) def. Arpe Bagumyan (CSUN), 6-1, 6-2