NEWARK, Del. – The Delaware men’s tennis team continued its historic season Saturday with a 4-0 victory over Mount St. Mary’s at the Delaware Field House Outdoor Courts.
 
With the win, the Hens improve to 16-7 on the year to achieve their most victories since going 19-3 during the 1973-74 campaign under Delaware Hall of Fame coach C. Roy “Doc” Rylander.
 
UD opened the afternoon by sweeping the team doubles point for the eighth time this season.
 
Junior co-captain Blaise Casselbury (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Country Day School) and senior Colin Wong (Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia/SMK Kota Kemuning) led off with the 6-4 victory over Brandon Wortkotter and Jackson Wood in top-flight doubles.
 
Sophomore Curran Verma (Gaithersburg, Md./Laurel Springs) and freshman Justice Jones (Laurel, Md./JTCC School) clinched the doubles point in the third slot by defeating Evan Hine and Parth Sharma, 6-4, for their team-best 15th win of the season.
 
Freshman Nathan Benyowitz (Los Angeles, Calif./Shalhevet) and sophomore Laurenz Lankes (Cologne, Germany) wrapped doubles play for their eighth straight victory by pulling out the 7-5 decision against Gabriel Santos and Jean Armstrong.
 
In singles play, freshman Guilherme Valdoleiros (Marco de Canaveses, Portugal/Escola Secundária de Marco de Canaveses) picked up the No. 6 win over Hine, 6-1, 6-1.
 
Casselbury followed with the 6-4, 6-3 decision versus Chris Lindsey in the fifth spot while Jones topped Santos, 6-2, 6-1 to capture the team win.
 
POST-MATCH QUOTES
Head Coach Pablo Montana
“We played like we were on a mission today and it started with all three doubles courts taking care of business and playing with high intensity.  Our return game was strong as we put a lot of pressure on the serving team. In singles, we are looking grooved and confident. We did a great job of coming forward today. This was a nice match for us to win as we fell to them last spring, 4-3. We are excited and ready to play Morgan State on Tuesday.”
 
Senior Colin Wong
“Overall, the team is looking in great shape at this point in the season. The last few matches we’ve come in strong and now with these few wins leading into the CAA Tournament, we have a good chance of giving it a good fight. Everyone did their part and to get the 4-0 win today.”
 
HEN SCRATCHINGS
   ·   The Blue Hens are 104-82 (.559) in singles matches this season, including a 73-50 (.593) mark in dual match play.
   ·   Delaware is 56-38 (.596) in doubles matches this season, including a 42-24 (.636) record in dual match play.
   ·   Six Hens have at least 11 singles wins on the year.
   ·   Guilherme Valdoleiros is 11-2 in his first season at Delaware.
 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
   ·   Tuesday, April 17 – Delaware at Morgan State – 4 p.m. – MSU Tennis Courts (Baltimore, Md.)
   ·   Wednesday, April 18 – Hampton at Delaware – 3 p.m. – Delaware Field House Outdoor Courts (Newark, Del.)
   ·   Friday, April 20-Sunday, April 22 – Delaware at CAA Tournament – Hosted by Elon University
 
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