Beneck and Lawton Gather First Team Honors as CAA Recognizes Five Blue Hens With Postseason Tennis Accolades
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The University of Delaware men’s and women’s tennis teams had five student-athletes honored Thursday evening with Colonial Athletic Association accolades at the conference’s year-end banquet.
Seniors Troy Beneck (Wilmington, Del.) and Adam Lawton (Estepona, Spain) each received All-CAA First Team doubles honors and All-CAA Second Team singles accolades while sophomore Mike Furr (Kennett Square, Pa.) was named to the All-Academic Team.
Beneck and Lawton were the first to earn First Team honors for the Delaware men since the 2009-10 season. The pair is 21-5 in No. 1 doubles action this season with a school-record career-mark of 63-21. Going into play Friday, Beneck and Lawton have won six consecutive matches for the Blue Hens. Previously, the pair earned Second Team accolades the past two seasons.
In singles action, Beneck is the career leader in school history with a four-year record of 75-36 while posting a mark of 23-7 in his senior campaign. Last season, Beneck was named to the All-CAA Second Team and has been recognized by the conference in each of his four seasons with Delaware.
Lawton is currently fourth in the UD record books with a career tally of 63-21 and is currently 19-9 on the season. Lawton was also tabbed an All-CAA Second Team selection last year and has earned All-Conference accolades in each of his three years with the Hens.
Furr, a mechanical engineering major, was honored as an All-CAA Academic Team member for the first time in his career.
The seventh-seeded Hens (4-10, 0-4 CAA) will face first-year CAA opponent and No. 2 seed College of Charleston at 9 a.m. Friday at the College of William & Mary’s Millie West Tennis Facility. With a win, Delaware would advance to meet either No. 3 William & Mary or No. 6 Hofstra at 10 a.m. Saturday. The CAA men’s championship match is set for 10 a.m. Sunday.
Safron was named to the All-CAA Second Team for the second straight season after collecting a record of 14-9 this season. For her four-year career, Safron has tallied a mark of 72-40 to place fifth in Delaware history.
A mathematics and economics major, Lai was also recognized by the CAA as an All-Academic Team honoree for the first time in her career.
The Blue Hen women (8-7, 3-2 CAA) are seeded fifth and will matchup against No. 4 James Madison at 3 p.m. Friday in the CAA Quarterfinals. A win over the Dukes would put Delaware in the semifinals with a 2 p.m. Saturday match against either No. 1 UNCW or No. 8 Hofstra. The CAA women’s championship match is slated for 2 p.m. Saturday.
UNCW senior Rafael Aita was chosen as the CAA men’s tennis Player of the Year for the second straight season while Mait DuBois was picked as the Coach of the Year for the third time. College of Charleston freshman Rodrigo Encinas was honored as the Rookie of the Year.
UNCW swept the women’s awards as Angie Sekely was named the CAA women’s tennis Player of the Year, Annika Sillanpaa was tabbed the Rookie of the Year and Evan Clark was selected as the Coach of the Year.
All awards were selected by a vote of the league’s head coaches.