NEWARK, Del. – Looking to snap a two-match losing streak, the University of Delaware women’s tennis team did so Wednesday afternoon at the Delaware Field House Courts as the Blue Hens defeated Towson, 5-2, for its first Colonial Athletic Association victory of the season.

“Today was a battle as we were playing a strong team and it was windy and cold,” stated Delaware head coach Laura Travis.  “The match could have gone either way, but we adjusted and were able to get the win.”

In doubles action, Dorothy Safron and Carmen Lai took the 8-3 win over Towson’s Ayana Dow and Lorena Ferrer before the Tigers defeated the Hens in the second match.

Tied 1-1 in doubles action and down 3-6 in the third, Danea Jonjic and Kim Milla (at top right) rallied for an 8-6 victory over Andrea Samlin and Nisha Shah to give Delaware the doubles team point.

Christina Harrington opened singles play with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Ariel Burke in the sixth flight to give the Hens a 2-0 advantage. 

Safron followed with a 7-6 (4), 6-1 victory of her own in No. 2 singles against Nani Lizana to go up, 3-0.

Towson responded with two victories in the third and fourth singles spots before Delaware rounded out the afternoon with wins from Jonjic and Lai.

In the top flight, Jonjic defeated Dow, 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 while Lai took the 6-3, 3-6, 6-0 victory against Shah in the third flight.

With the win, UD improves to 8-4 overall and 1-2 in CAA action while Towson falls to 8-6 on the year and 1-2 in conference play.

The Hens return to action this Saturday as they travel to Drexel for a noon match.


Delaware 5, Towson 2

Danea Jonjic’ (D) def. Ayana Dow (T) 6-3, 0-6, 6-4
Dorothy Safron (D) def. Nani Lizana (T) 7-6 (4), 6-1
Carmen Lai (D) def. Nisha Shah (T) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
Lorena Ferrer (T) def. Nataliya Naumova (D) 6-1, 7-6 (5)
Andrea Samlin (T) def. Olivia Heim (D) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
Christina Harrington (D) def. Ariel Burke (T) 6-0, 6-1

Safron/Lai (D) def. Dow/Ferrer (T) 8-3
Lizana/A. Burke (T) def. Naumova/Harrington (D) 8-4
Jonjic’/Milla (D) def. Samlin/Shah (T) 8-6