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Sophomore Nataliya Naumova
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University of Delaware Women’s Tennis Earns First CAA Victory of Year with 6-1 Win at Hofstra

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 03/08/2014
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OCEANSIDE, N.Y. – The University of Delaware women’s tennis team snapped a two-match losing streak Saturday afternoon by defeating Hofstra University, 6-1, in the Blue Hens’ Colonial Athletic Association opener at PointSet Indoor Tennis.

Delaware (3-3, 1-0 CAA) earned the doubles team point as sophomore Nataliya Naumova (Moscow, Russia) and senior Olivia Heim (Gibsonia, Pa.) edged out Bianca Derrick and Louise Lopez, 9-8 (5) while sophomore Danea Jonjic' (Split, Croatia) and junior Kim Milla (México City, México) collected an 8-2 win against the Pride (2-3, 0-1 CAA).

Senior Dorothy Safron (New York, N.Y.) came from behind to pick up a 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory over Louise Lopez in No. 2 singles.

In the third flight, sophomore Carmen Lai (Shatin, Hong Kong) defeated Carmen Pestano, 6-3, 6-3 while Naumova tallied a 6-1, 6-1 win against Guila Leon in the fourth flight.

Heim nearly swept Bianca Posa, 6-1, 6-0 in No. 5 singles while Milla registered a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Derrick in No. 6 singles.

POST-MATCH QUOTES
Head coach Laura Travis
“We are progressing in the areas where we have been training.  It’s advantageous when you can stick to the game plan and it also results in a win.  Hofstra is getting stronger every year and this was a great team victory.”
 
HEN SCRATCHINGS
     ·  Delaware is now 61-58 in singles action this season.
     ·  The Blue Hens have posted a 33-22 record in doubles play. 
     ·  Dorothy Safron is 10-6 on the year in singles action and holds a career record of 68-37, a mark that ties her for fifth all-time in Delaware history with Rebecca Fearins (1993-98).
     ·  Olivia Heim improves to 9-8 on the year with a career mark of 56-42.  Her 56 wins ties her for 13th all-time with Brittany Barsky (2004-08).

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
     ·  Wednesday, March 12 – Delaware at Rutgers – 1 p.m. – Atlantic Club (New Brunswick, N.J.)
     ·  Sunday, March 16 – Villanova at Delaware – 2:45 p.m. – DuPont Country Club (Wilmington, Del.)
     ·  Friday, March 21 – Duquesne at Delaware – 3 p.m. – Delaware Field House Outdoor Courts (Newark, Del.)

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