NEWARK, Del. – With no freshmen on the roster, an experienced University of Delaware women’s tennis team will kick off the 2013 fall slate this Friday and Saturday at the Towson Tiger Classic.

Last season, the Blue Hens posted their most successful season in recent history last year with a 12-6 record and advanced to the CAA Tournament semifinals for the first time in school history.

“Last year, we built a foundation and meshing three freshmen starters from three different countries with five returners was both challenging and rewarding,” remarked head coach Laura Travis, who is in her 22nd season at Delaware.  “This year, we lost just one player to graduation and return seven of eight letterwinners.  We are also adding a transfer in Abigail Martinez, who has collegiate experience and is full of positive energy to round out our squad.  This will put us in a position to focus on the all-important details that can make a group memorable.”

Headlining the squad is senior Dorothy Safron (New York, N.Y.), who was named the team MVP in 2013.  She posted a record of 17-10 at the No. 1 singles spot and a 16-13 mark in doubles play on the way to earning second team All-CAA honors.  Safron currently ranks 12th all-time in Delaware history with 58 career singles victories.

Including Safron, Delaware finished the 2013 season with five 15-plus match winners on the squad in Carmen Lai (18-9), Danea Jonjic’ (17-12), Nataliya Naumova (17-14) and Olivia Heim (15-10).

Jonjic’, a sophomore from Split Croatia, also earned All-CAA second team honors for the first time in her career following a record of 17-11 in her rookie season.

In doubles action, Safron was joined by Lai (Shatin, Hong Kong) in earning All-CAA third team laurels.  The duo collected a mark of 13-9 in no. 1 singles play.

“I think I can speak for everyone in saying that we are optimistic, excited and eager to start the season,” Travis commented.

Delaware will continue its season Sept. 20-22 at Penn’s Cissie Leary Classic.  The team will wrap up team play at the Saint Joseph’s Tournament (Sept. 27-29) before individuals will take on the Women’s Collegiate Invitational (Oct. 11-13) and USTA/ITA Northeast Regionals (Oct. 18-21).