ELKTON, Md. – Delaware posted a strong singles performance Friday morning as the Blue Hens registered the 5-2 victory over Connecticut at Elkton Indoor Tennis in the team’s spring opener.
 
The Huskies (2-1) picked up the doubles point, but the Hens responded immediately by logging four straight singles wins for the team triumph.
 
Junior captain Blaise Casselbury punched this third straight victory of the year by defeating Brady Flanagan, 6-1, 6-2 in the third flight.
 
Freshman Justice Jones followed with the 6-1, 6-4 decision over Jack McLister in the fourth spot while senior Colin Wong recorded the 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win versus Hank Hill in No. 2 singles.
 
Graduate student Dustin Britton clinched the team ‘W’ with the 6-3, 6-4 victory in the No. 5 slot against Jonathan Edwards.
 
Freshman Guilherme Valdoleiros wrapped the match in No. 6 singles with the 7-6 (5) win over Evan Powell in his Delaware debut.
 
POST-MATCH QUOTES
Head Coach Pablo Montana
“This is a great way to start off the season and I’m very proud of my guys for the total team effort shown. From No. 1 singles all the way to No. 3 doubles everyone contributed. We came off a little tight in doubles, but we immediately adjusted with a more aggressive mindset in our singles. Our leaders stepped up and sent a message right from the get-go.”
 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
   ·   Sunday, January 28 – Villanova at Delaware – 3 p.m. – DuPont Country Club (Wilmington, Del.)
   ·   Sunday, February 4 – Saint Joseph’s at Delaware – Noon – Elkton Indoor Tennis (Elkton, Md.)
   ·   Friday, February 9 – James Madison at Delaware * – 11:30 a.m. – Elkton Indoor Tennis (Elkton, Md.)
 
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