Delaware Unable to Advance in CAA Tournament; James Madison Sweeps Blue Hens, 4-0
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – The University of Delaware women’s tennis team had a three-match winning streak snapped as James Madison University ended the Blue Hens' season by a score of 4-0 in the Colonial Athletic Association quarterfinals, held Friday afternoon at William & Mary's Millie West Tennis Facility.
The fourth-seeded Dukes (13-5, 2-3 CAA), who swept the Hens, 7-0, just two weeks ago, posted wins in the top two doubles flights to earn the team point and go into singles action with a 1-0 advantage.
No. 5 Delaware (8-8, 3-2 CAA) put up a fight in singles play, but was unable to come out on top in the end. JMU collected wins in the third, fifth and sixth flights en route to victory.
Due to the nature of the tournament and stopping all matches once the fourth team point is clinched, seniors Olivia Heim (Gibsonia, Pa.) and Dorothy Safron (New York, N.Y.) and sophomore Danea Jonjic’ (Split, Croatia) were unable to complete their matches.
All three matches were close as Jonjic’ (No. 1 singles) and Heim (No. 4 singles) both won their first sets while Safron was tied with Alex Huie in the No. 2 spot.
Head coach Laura Travis
“Today’s match was a valiant effort against a strong JMU squad. We definitely improved upon our play from when we played them just two weeks ago, but they came out ahead once again.”
· Dorothy Safron finished her Blue Hens career with a record of 72-40, a mark good for fifth all-time. Current head coach Laura LeRoy Travis (1985-89) is fourth with a mark of 73-12.
· Safron ended with an all-time doubles mark of 64-41, which places her seventh all-time in Delaware history.
· Safron is just the third player in school history to record at least 70 singles and 60 doubles wins. Samantha Carnall (2008-12) and Ivana Petrich (2007-11) also reached the mark in their careers.
· Olivia Heim wrapped up her four-year career in a Delaware uniform with a record of 61-46, a mark good for 11th in the Blue Hens record books.
· Danea Jonjic’ and Christina Harrington were unable to notch their fourth straight doubles victory as they held a 7-4 lead when James Madison clinched the team point.
· Carmen Lai was unable to compete Friday due to injury.
· The Blue Hens finished the season with an 86-89 singles record while going 45-37 in doubles play.
· Season complete.