BRISTOL, Tenn. – The Blue Hens snapped a brief two-match losing streak by defeating King University, 6-1, Tuesday at the King Tennis Courts.
 
In doubles play, Delaware (11-5) bounced back from a first flight loss to take the second and third spots.
 
Sophomore Curran Verma (Gaithersburg, Md./Laurel Springs) and freshman Justice Jones (Laurel, Md./JTCC School) paired for the 6-2 victory over Sebastian Lieflaender and Arturo Alfaro in No. 2 doubles. In the third flight, sophomore Laurenz Lankes (Cologne, Germany) and freshman Nathan Benyowitz (Los Angeles, Calif./Shalhevet) captured the 7-5 win against Lenny Keswani and Charles Jabaley.
 
Graduate student Dustin Britton (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) opened singles action with a 6-0, 6-1 decision versus Lennard Neumann in the second flight for his 10th win of the season.
 
Junior Blaise Casselbury (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Country Day School) also earned his career-best 10th victory of the year by topping Nathan Snow, 6-0, 6-2, in No. 4 singles.
 
Senior Colin Wong (Shah Alam Selangor, Malaysia/SMK Kota Kemuning) followed with a 7-6 (5), 6-2 No. 3 singles win over Ajeandro Feliciano.
 
Jones clinched the match in No. 5 singles with his third straight victory with a 7-5, 6-0 decision against Sebastian Lieflaender.
 
Lankes wrapped the day by defeating Charles Jabaley, 6-3, 6-3, in the sixth slot.
 
POST-MATCH QUOTES
Head Coach Pablo Montana
“This was a good match for us to win today and our efforts were strong overall. We needed to make more first volleys at No. 1 doubles, but kudos to King for taking advantage of the open spaces. We looked very confident in our singles play and we will use this momentum as we prepare for North Carolina Central on Thursday.”
 
HEN SCRATCHINGS
   ·   Delaware has reached its most wins (11) since going 12-7 during the 2004-05 season.
   ·   The Hens are 85-72 (.541) in singles dual matches and 43-32 (.573) in doubles dual matches this season.
   ·   UD has three players with 10-plus singles victories.
   ·   In 16 seasons as a head coach, Pablo Montana has registered 296 career wins.
 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
   ·   Thursday, March 29 – Delaware at North Carolina Central – 11 a.m. – Dr. James W. Younge Tennis Courts (Durham, N.C.)
   ·   Tuesday, April 3 – Hampton at Delaware – 3 p.m. – Delaware Field House Outdoor Courts (Newark, Del.)
   ·   Wednesday, April 4 – Jefferson (Philadelphia Univ.) at Delaware – Noon – Delaware Field House Outdoor Courts (Newark, Del.)
 
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