PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – The University of Delaware women’s tennis team picked up their second consecutive Colonial Athletic Association victory Saturday afternoon with a 5-2 win over Drexel University while the Blue Hen men fell in a close one, 4-3, to the Dragons at the Drexel Tennis Courts.

The Delaware women (9-4; 2-1 CAA) got off on the right foot as Danea Jonjic’ and Kim Milla teamed up for an 8-4 No. 3 doubles victory over Aysenil Orhon and Alex Bell, their third straight win of the season.  Unfortunately, Drexel (9-6; 2-2 CAA) was able to take the other two doubles matches to earn the team point for the afternoon.

“The win came down to singles play, but our doubles are getting better and better every day,” stated Delaware head coach Laura Travis.

UD tacked on their first point of the day as freshman Carmen Lai opened singles action with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Marcela Rosales in the third flight.   The victory was a career-best fifth straight for Lai as she improved to 17-8 in her career.

Nataliya Naumova (at top right) followed with a 6-1, 7-5 win in No. 4 singles against Emma Brook. 

In the second flight, Dorothy Safron also picked up a victory as she fought back for a 0-6, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Nicole Pivonka. 

Jonic fell in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, in top flight action to Zeynep Mafa before Delaware’s fifth and sixth slots gave the Blue Hens two more points for a team victory.

In the fifth flight, Olivia Heim trounced Bell, 6-1, 6-0 while Christina Harrington defeated Orhon, 6-1, 7-5 in No. 6 singles.

On the men’s side, the opposite was true in doubles play as the Blue Hens (4-9; 0-3 CAA) earned the team point off of No. 1 and No. 3 doubles victories over Drexel (8-5; 2-1 CAA).

Troy Beneck and Adam Lawton kicked off the day with an 8-4 win over Daniel Koehler and Skyler Davis while Jason Derene (at left) and Alex Sweet followed with their first career doubles win in a 8-6 victory against Daniel Hansen and Jegnathan Srinivasan.

Delaware looked to continue the winning ways as Lawton drew up his seventh straight win of the season and 25th overall with a 6-1, 6-3 singles victory over Srinivasan in the second flight.

The Dragons, however, took the next four singles matches for a team victory.

In the final singles match of the day, it was too little, too late, but Derene grabbed his 25th career win with a 6-2, 6-4 victory against Paul Stauskas.

“The men lost another close one, but there were clear adjustments that need to be made,” remarked Travis.  “Tomorrow is the chance to see how mentally and physically resilient we are.”

Both the Blue Hen men and women return home Sunday as they host Hofstra at 11 a.m. at the Delaware Field House Tennis Courts.


FINAL SCORE – Delaware 5, Drexel 2

Zeynep Mafa (DRE) def. Danea Jonjic’ (DEL) 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
Dorothy Safron (DEL) def. Nicole Pivonka (DRE) 0-6, 6-1, 6-2
Carmen Lai (DEL) def. Marcela Rosales (DRE) 6-1, 6-1
Nataliya Naumova (DEL) def. Emma Brook (DRE) 6-1, 7-5
Olivia Heim (DEL) def. Alex Bell (DRE) 6-1, 6-0
Christina Harrington (DEL) def. Aysenil Orhon (DRE) 6-1, 7-5

Mafa/Rosales (DRE) def. Safron/Lai (DEL) 8-5
Brook/Pivonka (DRE) def. Naumova/Harrington (DEL) 9-8 (5)
Jonjic’/Milla (DEL) def. Orhon/Bell (DRE) 8-4


FINAL SCORE – Drexel 4, Delaware 3

Badr Ouabdelmoumen (DRE) def. Troy Beneck (DEL) 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
Adam Lawton (DEL) def. Jeganathan Srinivasan (DRE) 6-1, 6-3
Skyler Davis (DRE) def. Nolan Gelman (DEL) 6-2, 2-6, 7-6
Daniel Koehler (DRE) def. Evan Andrews (DEL) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5
Xabier Saavedra (DRE) def. Mike Furr (DEL) 6-2, 7-6
Jason Derene (DEL) def. Paul Stauskas (DRE) 6-2, 6-4

Beneck/Lawton (DEL) def. Koehler/Davis (DRE) 8-4
Davis/ Ouabdelmoumen (DRE) def. Gelman/Andrews (DEL) 8-7
Derene/Sweet (DEL) def. Daniel Hansen/Srinivasan (DRE) 8-6