Delaware Geared Up for CAA Women’s Tennis Tournament
ELON, N.C. – The University of Delaware women’s tennis team looks for its first Colonial Athletic Association title this weekend as the Blue Hens travel to Elon University for tournament action at the Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.
UD, the No. 5 seed, will open play Friday at 8:30 a.m. with quarterfinals action against fourth-seeded James Madison. Earlier this season, the Dukes (16-7, 3-3 CAA) posted the 5-2 victory over the Hens (12-6, 4-2 CAA) at Elkton Indoor Tennis.
Delaware features a talented squad as the top six singles performers have all reached at least 13 singles wins on the year while freshman Brooke Pilkington leads the pack with 24 singles victories. The Virginia Beach, Va. (Cape Henry Collegiate) native, and UD’s top flight competitor, is currently tied for second in single-season history for a freshman and tied for fourth in overall single-season history for wins. She is the first to reach the 24-win mark player since Samantha Carnall did so during the 2010-11 slate.
Sara Komer (Venetia, Pa./Peters Township) has posted a breakout season for the Hens as she is currently 17-1 in dual match play this spring and 21-9 overall. The sophomore has played the majority of the year in the No. 2 spot and opened the spring with a 13-match winning streak.
With 18 singles victories, junior co-captain Amanda Studnicki (Normal, Ill./Normal West) is third for the Blue Hens while graduate student and the team’s other co-captain, Denny LaMachia (Hopkinton, Mass./Hopkinton) has also eclipsed the 15-win mark with 16 victories this season.
In doubles action, LaMachia and Studnicki lead the way with a 14-9 record with an 8-5 top-flight dual match mark.
As a team, the Blue Hens are 66-42 (.611) in dual match singles play and .556 (30-24) in dual match doubles action this season.
Should the Hens advance, Delaware will face either No. 1 William & Mary or No. 8 Drexel at 10 a.m. Saturday. The winner moves on to advance to Sunday’s 10 a.m. championship match.
Admission is free to all three days of the championship, with the champion earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.