Delaware Drops CAA Quarterfinals Match to UNCW, 4-0
BURLINGTON, N.C. – The Blue Hens wrapped their season Friday morning with a 4-0 loss to top-seeded UNCW in CAA Quarterfinals action at Elon University’s Burlington Tennis Center.
Delaware, which was ranked No. 8 in the postseason tournament, finishes the year with a 9-18 record while the Seahawks improve to 12-8 overall.
UNCW opened the morning by collecting the second and third doubles flights to capture the team point.
Freshman Dominick Perez (Bethesda, Md./Gonzaga College) and senior Roy Cheng (Shatin, Hong Kong/Sentinel Secondary School) led off with the 6-2 loss on the third court before sophomore co-captain Blaise Casselbury (Lititz, Pa./Lancaster Country Day School) and junior Colin Wong (Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia/SMK Kota Kemuning) dropped the No. 2 spot, 6-4.
The Seahawks posted singles wins in the third, fifth and sixth slots to advance to Saturday’s semifinals action.
In No. 5 singles, Perez dropped his match by a score of 6-4, 6-2 before Casselbury fell in the third flight by a tally of 6-2, 6-2. The sixth court proved to be the clinching spot as junior Asdrubal Marcano (Kralendijk, Bonaire/Sagemont (Fla.)) registered the 6-2, 6-1 defeat.
Unfinished matches included Lankes in No. 1 singles (6-3, 3-1), Wong in No. 2 singles (6-2, 4-2) and Flematti in No. 4 singles (6-1, 4-2).
Head Coach Pablo Montana
“We didn’t get the outcome we were looking for, but UNCW was more complete-playing with a different level of confidence. This was a good season for Delaware Tennis and we developed a very good base to keep growing. I have a lot of faith in this group of guys. We have a bright future ahead of us and I am very positive about the direction of where our tennis program is going.”
· The Blue Hens reached the nine-win mark for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
· Roy Cheng (11) and Tyler Flematti (8) finished their senior seasons with career-highs in wins.
· Cheng wraps his career with 19 singles and 18 doubles wins while Flematti concludes his career with 15 singles and 24 doubles victories.