NEWARK, Del. – The Delaware men’s tennis team has reached its most wins in 21 years Tuesday following 4-0 sweeps of Howard and Jefferson at the Delaware Field House Outdoor Courts.
 
With their victories, the Blue Hens (14-7) have reached the most wins in a single season since going 14-5 during the 1996-97 campaign.
 
Delaware opened the day with a 4-0 win over Howard (1-13).  Sophomore Curran Verma (Gaithersburg, Md./Laurel Springs) and freshman Justice Jones (Laurel, Md./JTCC School) kicked off play by defeating Kyle Martin and Benjamin Tyus, 6-2, in No. 3 doubles before freshman Nathan Benyowitz (Los Angeles, Calif./Shalhevet) and sophomore Laurenz Lankes (Cologne, Germany) clinched the team point with the 6-1 victory over Cole Gittens and Devaughn Blackburn in the second spot.
 
Junior co-captain Blaise Casselbury (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Country Day School) led off singles play by topping Blackburn, 6-1, 6-0, in No. 5 singles while senior Colin Wong (Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia/SMK Kota Kemuning) defeated Gittens, 6-0, 6-0, in the second flight.
 
Freshman Guilherme Valdoleiros (Marco de Canaveses, Portugal) captured the win over the Bison with the No. 6 singles victory against Benjamin Tyus, 6-0, 6-0.
 
In the second match of the day, the Hens cruised to the 4-0 decision against Jefferson (3-8).  In No. 3 doubles, Valdoleiros paired with sophomore Milo Nagle (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) for the 6-1 victory over Liviu Trifoi and Joao Pedro Molina Marcal. 
 
UD claimed the team point in top-flight play as graduate student Dustin Britton (Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata) and Wong defeated Oskar Haedicke and Luis Molina Megias, 6-1.
 
Britton followed with the first singles win over the Rams by dropping Trifoi, 6-3, 6-1, in the first slot.
 
Wong then picked up the 6-3, 6-1 victory against Haedicke while Benyowitz clinched the match with the 6-2, 6-5 decision versus Marcal.
 
POST-MATCH QUOTES
Head Coach Pablo Montana
“Anytime you play a doubleheader, it can be very demanding both physically and mentally. We came out today with incredible mental toughness and played with grit throughout both matches. In doubles play, we took the early lead by playing with high intensity and our first serve percentage was very high. In singles, we had a little bit more of a challenging time as this was our first time playing outside in a while, but I was very impressed with how we handled the wind and the cold. We will use this confidence from today to keep on getting better as we finished up with our last few matches.”
 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
   ·   Friday, April 13 – Delaware at La Salle – 4 p.m. – La Salle Tennis Courts (Philadelphia, Pa.)
   ·   Sunday, April 15 – Mount St. Mary’s at Delaware – 10 a.m. – Delaware Field House Outdoor Courts (Newark, Del.)
   ·   Tuesday, April 17 – Delaware at Morgan State – 4 p.m. – MSU Tennis Courts (Baltimore, Md.)
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Maggie Hayon, Assistant Athletics Communications Director | mhayon@udel.edu