Blue Hens Trio Claim SJU Invite Championships
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The University of Delaware women’s tennis squad claimed two titles Sunday afternoon at the Saint Joseph’s Invitational as sophomore Nataliya Naumova (Moscow, Russia) won the Singles Flight 2 championship and senior Dorothy Safron (New York, N.Y.) paired with sophomore Carmen Lai (Shatin, Hong Kong) for the Doubles Flight 1 championship.
Naumova opened play Sunday with a 6-4, 2-6, 10-8, win over Temple’s Rebecca Breland before defeating Marcela Rosales from Drexel, 6-1, 6-3.
Safron and Lai also went 2-0 on the day to claim their title by picking up 8-6 victories over both Fairfield (Carolina Koladzyn/Monica Yajima) and SJU (Aurora Davis/Kristina Eisenbrand).
· Sophomore Nataliya Naumova claimed the Flight 2 Championship – her first title of the season.
· Naumova has tied a career-best four-match winning streak.
· Senior Dorothy Safron and sophomore Carmen Lai also claimed their first Doubles Championship of the season in Flight 1 action.
· Safron and Lai are one win shy of their career-best five match winning streak, set last season.
· Safron and Lai are 6-1 in doubles play this season.
· Safron is 54-32 all-time in doubles action, a total good for 10th in Delaware history.
· Delaware is 33-28 in singles play this season.
· Delaware is 15-9 in doubles play this season.
· October 11-13 – Women’s Collegiate Invitational, Flushing Meadow, N.Y.
· October 18-21 – USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals, Charlottesville, Va.
· Fall season complete.
No Team Scoring
DOUBLES FLIGHT 2
Fiorella Coria/Nicole Pivonka (Drexel) def. Christina Harrington/Abby Martinez (UD), 8-7 (6)
SINGLES FLIGHT 1
Yajima (Fairfield) def. Safron (UD), 6-1, 6-2
SINGLES FLIGHT 3
Christina Harrington (UD) def. Erin Bowsher (Drexel), 6-2, 6-2
Jordan Batey (Temple) def. Harrington (UD), 6-4, 6-2
SINGLES FLIGHT 4
Alex Bell (Drexel) def. Martinez (UD), 3-6, 6-1, 10-7