NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware men’s tennis team will begin the 2013-14 campaign this weekend at the Navy Invitational under head coach Laura Travis, who is in her 21st season with the Blue Hens.

On Friday, the Hens will take on the Mids before facing Temple on Saturday.  Both matches are slated for 2 p.m.  Delaware will wrap up the weekend with a 9 a.m. match against St. Bonaventure on Sunday. 

Weather permitting, all contests will be played outside on the USNA Tennis Courts.  The Tose Family Tennis Center will be used if the matches need to be moved inside.

In the non-team scoring meet, players will compete in a round robin flight tournament format throughout the entire weekend.

“The possibilities for the men’s team this year are exciting,” Travis commented.  “ ‘New’ would be a key word for this season.  We have more new players than returners.  We have a new assistant coach in John Marte.  And we have a new level of expectations.  The stage is set and the time is right.  Our motto will be ‘carpe diem.’”

Delaware, a squad that went 5-11 overall last season and competed in the CAA quarterfinals, returns five letterwinners from last year’s roster while adding six newcomers to the mix.

“We have almost a completely new team this year and having this many new faces has its challenges, but we are excited to see what they will accomplish this season,” stated second-year assistant coach Austin Longacre.  “We will be looking to the returners to help the new players and show them the pride that comes with having Delaware on our jerseys.”

Leading the way for UD is senior Adam Lawton (Estepona, Malaga, Spain), who finished 2013 with a school-record 27 victories, bypassing Longacre’s previous school record by five wins.  Following an All-CAA Second team selection last year, Lawton goes into his final season with an outstanding 44-12 career mark.

Joining Lawton as one of the longest tenured Hens is fellow senior Troy Beneck (Wilmington, Del.).  Beneck, also an All-CAA Second team honoree, completed his junior year with a mark of 21-10, good to tie for third place in school history for singles wins in a season.  The three-time letterwinner is sixth all-time on the Delaware career singles records list with a mark of 52-29.

The duo of Beneck and Lawton teamed up for a school-record 23 victories in doubles play, besting the previous record of 19 wins.  For the second straight season, the pair earned All-CAA Doubles Third Team honors for their performance in 2013.

“Our two seniors are training hard and we are looking forward to seeing what kind of legacy they will leave here at the University of Delaware,” Longacre remarked.

The Hens will continue their fall season Sept. 20-22 at the Saint Joseph’s Tournament and Sept. 27-29 at the Penn Tournament.  The team will then compete at the Lehigh Tournament (Oct. 5-6) before individuals compete at the USTA/ITA Atlantic Regionals Oct. 17-22.