NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware tennis teams swept Hofstra University Sunday afternoon as the Blue Hen women drew a 7-0 victory over the Pride while the men posted a 6-1 win at the Delaware Field House Tennis Courts.

The UD women improve to 10-4 on the year and 3-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play following their third straight victory. 

With the win, the Delaware men picked up their first CAA win of the season to move to 5-9 overall and 1-3 in league action.

“The windy conditions added an extra challenge today, but everyone adapted,” stated Delaware head coach Laura Travis.  “Every match, we are getting better and better with our vision and with the commitment to this, we give ourselves a chance for success.”

In men’s doubles action, Nolan Gelman and Evan Andrews defeated the duo of Matthew Gemmell and Ryhaan Gill, 8-2, in the No. 2 spot.  Jason Derene and Alex Sweet (at top right) picked up another win for Delaware to earn the team point following a victory over Joseph Erichsen and Pedro Gimenez in No. 3 doubles.

In singles play, Troy Beneck improved to 17-8 on the year in the top flight with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Ari Richman.

In No. 2 singles, Adam Lawton tied a season-high eight game winning streak with a 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-0 victory against Gemmell.  With the win, Lawton moved to 16-2 in the No. 2 flight and 26-5 overall this season.

Evan Andrews also earned a point for UD with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Gill in the fourth flight while Mike Furr defeated Erichsen, 6-3, 6-4 in the fifth spot.

In No. 6 singles play, Jason Derene notched his second straight win as he posted a 6-4, 6-2 mark over Gimenez.

In women’s doubles, Danea Jonjic’ and Kim Milla teamed up for their season-high fourth straight victory with a 8-4 triumph over Louise Lopez and Paige Polizois. 

Dorothy Safron (at left) and Carmen Lai pulled out a close, 8-6, win over Sarah Bowen and Sonia Tsay in the top flight while Nataliya Naumova and Christina Harrington defeated Malissa Gilanchi and Bianca Derrick, 8-5, in No. 2 doubles.

Plenty of win streaks stayed alive in the women’s singles action as well as Lai picked up a career-best sixth straight win with a 6-1, 6-3 defeat of Gilanchi in No. 3 singles to move to 18-8 overall this season.

Safron and Harrington each extended their streaks to three straight wins as Safron defeated Tsay, 6-3, 6-3, in No. 2 singles while Harrington picked up a 6-2, 6-3 win over Polizois in No. 6 singles.

Naumova and Heim each won their second straight of the season as Naumova came back for a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over Lopez in No. 4 singles and Heim defeated Derrick, 6-4, 6-2 in No. 5 singles.

In the top flight, Jonjic’ came from behind for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 victory against Bowen to improve to 13-8 in No. 1 singles action this season.

With the losses, the Hofstra men fall to 4-8 overall and 0-3 in the CAA while the Pride women move to 5-7 on the year and 2-2 in league action.

Both the Blue Hen men and women host George Mason next Saturday, April 13 at 1 p.m. at the Delaware Field House Tennis Courts.


FINAL SCORE – Delaware 7, Hofstra 0

Danea Jonjic’ (DEL) def. Sarah Bowen (HOF) 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
Dorothy Safron (DEL) def. Sonia Tsay (HOF) 6-3, 6-3
Carmen Lai (DEL) def. Malissa Gilanchi (HOF) 6-1, 6-3
Nataliya Naumova (DEL) def. Louise Lopez (HOF) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Olivia Heim (DEL) def. Bianca Derrick (HOF) 6-4, 6-2
Christina Harrington (DEL) def. Paige Polizois (HOF) 6-2, 6-3

Safron/Lai (DEL) def. Bowen/Tsay (HOF) 8-6
Naumova/Harrington (DEL) def. Gilanchi/Derrick (HOF) 8-5
Jonjic’/Milla (DEL) def. Lopez/Polizois (HOF) 8-4


FINAL SCORE – Delaware 6, Hofstra 1

Troy Beneck (DEL) def. Ari Richman (HOF) 6-4, 6-2
Adam Lawton (DEL) def. Matthew Gemmell (HOF) 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-0
Adrien Bailly (HOF) def. Nolan Gelman (DEL) 6-4, 6-1
Evan Andrews (DEL) def. Ryhaan Gill (HOF) 6-4, 6-1
Mike Furr (DEL) def. Joseph Erichsen (HOF) 6-3, 6-4
Jason Derene (DEL) def. Pedro Gimenez (HOF) 6-4, 6-2

Richman/Bailly (HOF) def. Beneck/Lawton (DEL) 8-6
Gelman/Andrews (DEL) def. Gemmell/Gill (HOF) 8-2
Derene/Sweet (DEL) def. Erichsen/Gimenez (HOF) 8-5