PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Two seniors continues to dominate while a newcomer picked up his first career victory as the University of Delaware men’s tennis team opened the Saint Joseph’s Fall Invitational with doubles action Friday afternoon.

Sophomore Tim Puterio, a walk-on from Kingston, R.I., collected his first career doubles win as he teamed up with classmate Alex Sweet (Naples, Fla.) for an 8-5 victory over Army’s Sam Jang-Milsten and David Proctor in Flight 2.  The duo was eliminated from doubles play following an 8-0 loss to Drexel’s Tyler Pultro and Danny Talone.

Seniors Troy Beneck (Wilmington, Del.) and Adam Lawton (Estepona, Spain) advanced to the Doubles Flight 1 semi-finals following victories over LaSalle (8-1) and Saint Joseph’s (8-5).

Freshman Roy Cheng (Naples, Fla.) and junior Evan Andrews (York, Pa.) also advanced to Saturday’s action after defeating La Salle’s Andy O’Connell and Mark Robinson, 8-1, in the Doubles Flight 2 consolation bracket.

Delaware Assistant Coach Austin Longacre – “I’m excited for Tim to be able to earn his first college victory alongside classmate Alex Sweet as a first-year walk-on.”
·      Singles action opens Saturday at 8:30 a.m.
·      Lawton/Beneck take on SJU’s Jose Sierra and Dan Barrus tomorrow in the Doubles Flight 1 semi-finals.
·      Flematti/Niklaus match-up against Drexel’s Skyler Davis and Dan Koehler in the Doubles Flight 1 consolation bracket.
·      Cheng/Andrews pair up against Lafayette’s Mitch Abramo and Brian Stefanowicz in the Doubles Flight 2 consolation bracket.
·      Beneck and Lawton hold a 45-17 career doubles record, a new school record.  Courtney Scott/Chris Hincker (2009-11) previously held the record of 41-21 for the Blue Hens.
·      Beneck is 61-25 in career doubles play, breaking Andre Vorobyov’s (2008-12) school record of 59-31.
·      Lawton is 44-19 in career doubles play, good to tie for eighth all-time in Delaware history with Ari Zweig (2000-04) and Chris Hincker (2007-11).

·      Sept. 20-22 – Delaware at Saint Joseph’s Tournament, Philadelphia, Pa.
·      Sept. 27-29 – Delaware at Penn Tournament, Philadelphia, Pa.
·      Oct. 5-6 – Delaware at Lehigh Tournament, Bethlehem, Pa.
No team scoring

Troy Beneck/Adam Lawton (UD) def. Joe LaBate/Brian Balico (La Salle), 8-1
Beneck/Lawton (UD) def. Andres Urrea/Paranjay Malhotra (SJU), 8-5
Henry Jang-Milsten/Rommel Verano (Army) def. Tyler Flematti/Zack Niklaus (UD), 8-4

Jason Sisti/Tristan Boustany (SJU) def. Blake Dantzler/Mike Furr (UD), 8-4
            Mitch Abramo/Brian Stefanowicz (LC) def. Dantzler/Furr (UD), 8-5
Badr Ouabdelmoumen/Daniel Hansen (Drexel) def. Roy Cheng/Evan Andrews (UD), 8-3
            Cheng/Andrews (UD) def. Andy O’Connell/Mark Robinson (La Salle), 8-1
Tim Puterio/Alex Sweet (UD) def. Sam Jang-Milsten/David Proctor (Army), 8-5
           Tyler Pultro/Danny Talone (Drexel) def. Puterio/Sweet (UD), 8-0