Blue Hens' Season Comes to An End In Quarterfinals Against Second-Seeded Georgia State
April 22, 2011
Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NORFOLK, Va. – The University of Delaware men’s tennis team had its season come to an end on Friday afternoon, as the seventh-seeded Blue Hens fell to No. 2 Georgia State 4-0.
The match up took place in the quarterfinals of the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Colonial Athletic Association tournament, held at Old Dominion University’s Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
Georgia State, ranked No. 65 in the most recent Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll and now 21-5 on the year, advances to the semifinals to face the winner of the 4 p.m. game between #3 UNC Wilmington and #6 James Madison.
In doubles action, the Panthers won the first and third flights to secure the win. Delaware’s pairing of Troy Beneck and Andre Vorobyov, who were named All-CAA Third Team doubles, fought hard in the first flight against Victor Valente and Thomas Cook. The Panther pair took the win 8-3.
In the third flight, the Hen pair Ryan Kent (above at right) and Robby Kay battled hard against Lucas Santana and Lucas Santana but ultimately Georgia State won the doubles point with an 8-3 win.
Courtney Scott and Chris Hincker were down just one point, 4-5, to Breon Badger and Vincent Verpeaux in the second flight before the doubles point had been decided.
Singles action wrapped up with the fifth flight first, followed by the sixth and the first flight was the match clinching point.
In the fifth flight, Verpeaux nearly swept Delaware’s Jeff Marshall, but the Blue Hen snagged a point in the first set, falling 6-1, 6-0.
Sixth-flight action pitted Kent against Georgia State’s Santana, who increased the Panther advantage to 3-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Kent.
Scott represented Delaware (9-7 overall) in the first flight, but was bested by GSU’s Valente 6-2, 6-1.
Three singles matches went unfinished. In the third set Vorobyov dropped his first set 7-5 to Badger, and was down just one point, 2-1, in the second set.
The second flight featured Vorobyov’s doubles partner, Beneck, an All-CAA Singles Third team selection, against Thomas Cook. The Panther took the first set 6-2, but Beneck was holding his own in the second set, tied 3-3.
Hincker played in the fourth flight against Juan Pablo Guitierrez,, who was leading 1-0 after taking the first set 6-1 and nearly ended the match 5-3.
#1 Victor Valente (GSU) def. Courtney Scott (UD), 6-2, 6-1
#2 Thomas Cook (GSU) no decision vs. Troy Beneck (UD) – DNF 6-2, 3-3
#3 Breon Badger (GSU) no decision vs. Andre Vorobyov (UD) – DNF 7-5, 2-1
#4 Juan Pablo Gutierrez (GSU) no decision vs. Chris Hincker (UD) – DNF 6-1, 5-3
#5 Vincent Verpeaux (GSU) def. Jeff Marshall (UD), 6-1, 6-0
#6 Lucas Santana (GSU) def. Ryan Kent (UD), 6-1, 6-2
Singles Order of Finish: 5, 6, 1
#1 Valente/Cook (GSU) def. Beneck/Vorobyov (UD), 8-3
#2 Badger/Verpeaux (GSU) no decision vs. Scott/Hincker (UD) – DNF 4-5
#3 Gutierrez/Santana (GSU) def. Kent/Robby Kay (UD), 8-3
Doubles Order of Finish: 1, 3