WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Blue Hens finally returned to the courts after a few cancellations due to weather and posted the 5-2 victory over Nova Southeastern at the Mitch Gornto Tennis Center.
 
With the win, Delaware improves to 7-5 on the year while the Sharks, who are ranked No. 29 in the latest Oracle/ITA Division II Women’s National Team Rankings, fall to 5-12 overall.
 
The Hens led off with a 6-3 top-flight doubles win as sophomore Brooke Pilkington (Virginia Beach, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate) and junior Sara Komer (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) earned their 10th dual match win of the season by defeating No. 6 Daniela Obando and Andrea Ivanovic.
 
Delaware picked up the team point by default in the third flight.
 
Junior Annie Jaskulski (Wilmington, Del./Wilmington Friends) gave UD the 2-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Alexandra Yeardley in No. 4 singles.
 
Pilkington followed with a 7-5, 6-2 decision against No. 30 Ana Navas in top-flight action while Komer clinched the match in the second flight by topping Andrea Ivanovic, 7-6 (2), 6-3 for her fifth straight victory.
 
POST-MATCH QUOTES
Head coach Laura Travis
“This was our first outdoor match and we adapted well to the hot, windy conditions and against a tenacious Florida team that is well versed in this weather.  Everyone left what they had on the court and it will be a terrific training opportunity to turn around and compete in similar conditions tomorrow.”
 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
   ·   Friday, March 30 – Delaware at Bethune-Cookman – 3 p.m. – City Island Tennis Courts (Daytona Beach, Fla.)
   ·   Thursday, April 5 – Delaware at Hofstra * – 3 p.m. – Hofstra Tennis Courts (Hempstead, N.Y.)
   ·   Sunday, April 8 – Drexel at Delaware * [SENIOR DAY] – 2 p.m. – Delaware Field House Outdoor Courts (Newark, Del.)
 
MEDIA CONTACT:  Maggie Hayon, Assistant Athletics Communications Director | mhayon@udel.edu | O: 302-831-6389 | C: 302-379-9182