Hens Prep for CAA Men’s Tennis Tournament
ELON, N.C. – The University of Delaware men’s tennis team looks to knock off the top seed Friday morning in the quarterfinals of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, held this weekend at Elon University’s Jimmy Powell Tennis Center and Burlington Tennis Center.
The eighth-seeded Blue Hens (9-17, 0-3 CAA) take on top-seeded UNCW (11-8, 0-0 CAA) at 8:30 a.m. at the Burlington Tennis Center for the third straight season.
Delaware, led by first-year head coach Pablo Montana, are led on the court by junior Colin Wong (Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia/SMK Kota Kemuning) and freshman Dominick Perez (Bethesda, Md./Gonzaga College).
Wong has posted a career-best 17 singles wins this season, including 10 in dual match play. He has split time between the top three spots on the courts.
In his rookie campaign, Perez has tallied 15 singles victories and has also posted 10 in dual match action. He has played the majority of the season in the No. 5 spot.
Freshman Luis Marcano (Kralendijk, Bonaire/Sagemont (Fla.)) and senior Roy Cheng (Shatin, Hong Kong/Sentinel Secondary School) are the lone other Blue Hens who have reached the 10-win mark. Marcano has posted 13 singles victories this season while Cheng has posted a career-high of 11.
Four Delaware players are nearing the 10-win mark and currently have eight or nine singles victories on the year.
In doubles play, senior co-captain Tyler Flematti (Kingwood, Texas/Kingwood) guides UD with 13 wins while freshman Laurenz Lankes (Cologne, Germany) is second with 13. Sophomore co-captain Blaise Casselbury (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Country Day) and Wong have each tallied nine doubles victories this season.
The winner of Friday’s match will advance to Saturday’s semifinal contest against No. 4 College of Charleston or No. 5 James Madison. The CAA men’s championship is set for 2 p.m. Sunday. All semifinal and final contests will be played at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.
Admission is free to all three days of the championship, with both champions earning automatic bids to the NCAA Tournament.