ELKTON, Md. – Delaware snapped a five-match losing streak to Saint Joseph’s Sunday afternoon by topping the Hawks, 5-2, at Elkton Indoor Tennis.
 
The Blue Hens, who last defeated SJU in 2012, grabbed the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles decisions to claim the team point to open the day.
 
Junior Blaise Casselbury and senior Colin Wong paired for the 6-3 top flight doubles win over Beekman Schaeffer and Dan Tan before freshman Justice Jones and sophomore Curran Verma defeated Peter Dewitt and Johnnie Massart, 6-4.
 
Delaware (2-1) took the quick 4-0 lead with victories in the fifth, third and first singles flights.
 
Graduate student Dustin Britton collected the 6-4, 6-4 win over Tan in No. 5 singles while Casselbury trumped Massart, 6-4, 7-5, in the third spot. Verma clinched the team victory by coming from behind to pull out the 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win against Schaeffer in the top slot.
 
Freshman Guilherme Valdoleiros tallied the final triumph of the day with a 7-6 (1), 6-4 No. 6 singles decision versus Luis Janko.
 
POST-MATCH QUOTES
Head Coach Pablo Montana
“This was a fun match to win and it’s always encouraging when you can beat a team who beat us pretty badly a year ago. In doubles, we looked very strong and we experimented with some new things and it definitely paid off for us. In singles, we had a lot of positive momentum from our doubles and definitely played with confidence.”
 
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
   ·   Friday, February 9 – James Madison at Delaware * – 11:30 a.m. – Elkton Indoor Tennis (Elkton, Md.)
   ·   Sunday, February 11 – Chestnut Hill at Delaware – 3 p.m. – DuPont Country Club (Wilmington, Del.)
   ·   Saturday, February 17 – Delaware at Swarthmore – 9:30 a.m. – Michael Mullan Tennis Center (Swarthmore, Pa.)
 
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