Troy Beneck began playing tennis as a six-year-old when his dad took up the sport and wanted someone to play with for fun.  Now, in his senior year, Troy has broken school records for most doubles wins in a single season, most overall doubles wins and most overall singles wins.  He is the only player in Delaware history to have reached 70 career singles and doubles victories.

Beneck didn’t begin to play competitively until the age of 14, but in the years since, he has become a player that head coach Laura Travis describes as a “shining star in the 100-plus year history of this program.”

In his sophomore season, Beneck was paired with classmate Adam Lawton to lead the Blue Hens in No. 1 doubles as the pair finished with a 17-8 overall season record.  The duo has continued to play together since their successes that year and have a current school-record mark of 63-21, with matches still remaining.  Beneck attributes their success to their different styles of play. 

“In doubles, we try to maximize each of our individual strengths as players,” he said.

Most importantly, “We are friends on and off the court,” Beneck said, “It makes it easy to play with him.”

Originally from Wilmington, Del., Beneck chose the University of Delaware both for his love of the school and his belief that the tennis program would be a good fit.  He was right, and he has become an absolute asset to the team in the last four years. 

“Troy's outstanding athletic accomplishments are a direct result of when talent, preparation, inner drive and willingness to adapt all come together,” Travis said, “The consistency that he's demonstrated day in and day out with his intensity and focus in practice and in the weight room for four years is remarkable.”

While Beneck has been an important asset to the team, the team has also played a very important role in his life.  He said, “Being on the team and being a student-athlete allowed me to make friends and meet a lot of people.  It's easy to develop relationships when I see my teammates almost every day.”

As a senior exercise science major, Beneck has begun to look ahead to graduation and the end of his collegiate tennis career. 

“I may play a few local prize money tournaments and I might coach a little,” he said when asked about how tennis would continue to play a role in his life. “I really want to focus on my career and academics when I am done being on the team.”

Whatever lies ahead for Troy, he has certainly left a lasting impression on the tennis program here at the University of Delaware. 

“I feel fortunate to have worked with him and I am so proud of his accomplishments and the work ethic that got him there,” Travis said. 

The regular season ends this Saturday as the Blue Hens host Drexel for a Colonial Athletic Association match at the Delaware Field House Outdoor Courts.  The CAA Tournament takes place April 18-20 at the College of William & Mary and Beneck looks to win as many times as he can before his collegiate career comes to a close.

Piece written by Mandie Plowman, UD Athletics Media Relations Student Intern