Five Blue Hens Selected as All-Colonial Athletic Association Honorees
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The University of Delaware men’s and women’s tennis team had five student-athletes honored Thursday evening as All-Colonial Athletic Association honorees at the conference’s year-end banquet as chosen by a committee of the league’s head coaches.
Troy Beneck earned All-CAA honors for the third straight season while Adam Lawton was an All-CAA selection for the second consecutive year.
On the women’s side, Danea Jonjic’, Carmen Lai and Dorothy Safron were all All-CAA recipients for the first time in their careers.
Beneck, a junior with the Blue Hens, was named to the All-CAA Singles Second Team for the first time in his career after earning Third Team honors as a freshman and sophomore. Through regular season play this season, Beneck has posted an 18-8 record in No. 1 singles while going 20-10 overall, the first 20-win season of his career. With a career mark of 51-29, Beneck sits tied for sixth place in Delaware history.
Lawton, also a junior at UD, was recognized as an All-CAA Singles Second Team honoree for the first time in his career. Lawton finished the regular season with a school-record 26-6 mark in singles action.
For the second straight season, Beneck and Lawton also earned All-CAA Doubles Third Team honors. The duo recorded the most doubles wins in a single season in Hens’ history with a 23-7 mark this year. Beneck and Lawton are the only pair in UD history to surpass 20 wins in a season.
UNCW’s Rafael Aita was named the CAA Men’s Player of the Year while Seahawk head coach Mait DuBois earned CAA Men’s Coach of the Year honors. James Madison’s Robert Sterling took home the CAA Men’s Rookie of the Year award.
The Blue Hens (5-10, 1-4 CAA) received a No. 5 seed in this weekend’s CAA Championships and will face No. 4 seed Drexel University at 3 p.m. Friday.
Jonjic’, Lai and Safron represented the Delaware women (11-5; 4-2 CAA) on the CAA honors list.
Jonjic and Safron earned All-CAA Singles Second Team honors while Safron and Lai teamed up for All-CAA Doubles Third Team accolades.
Jonjic’, a freshman for the Blue Hens, finished her rookie campaign with a 17-11 record.
A junior at Delaware, Safron is riding a five-game winning streak and currently holds a 17-10 mark for the Blue Hens. For her three-year career, Safron is 47-31.
In their first season together, Safron and Lai finished the regular season with a mark of 14-12, including a 13-9 record in No. 1 doubles action. The duo was named the CAA Doubles Team of the Week for March 19.
William & Mary swept the women’s top honors as Maria Belaya was named the CAA Women’s Player of the Year, Leeza Nemchinov earned Rookie of the Year honors and Tyler Thomson was named the Coach of the Year.
UD earned a No. 4 seeding for the CAA tournament and will take on fifth-seeded Drexel at noon Friday.