Blue Hens Cruise Past Towson 5-2, Several Players Move Up in Record Books
April 14, 2011
File Photo Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NEWARK, Del. -- Behind a third-flight win from University of Delaware standout Samantha Carnall and a fifth-flight win from freshman Dorothy Safron, the Blue Hens cruised past Colonial Athletic Association foe Towson University Thursday afternoon at sunny Delaware Field House Tennis Courts.
The two Blue Hens helped their team improve to 10-4 overall on the year, and bump Delaware’s CAA record to 4-1. With their individual singles wins, Carnall and Safron (at right) moved up in various record categories.
Carnall, the reigning CAA Singles Player of the Week, posted her 71st career win. She remains in third-place all-time at Delaware, but is now just two wins shy of teammate Ivana Petrich and head coach Laura Travis, both of whom are currently tied for second place with 73 wins apiece.
The 71st win of Carnall’s career came in a relatively easy third-flight match against Caitlin White. The Blue Hen picked up the point 6-3, 6-0.
Safron notched her 22nd win in her rookie season and is now in sole possession of third-place all-time for a freshman. She needs just two wins to tie Elly Giese, who posted 24 wins in 1998-99.
Playing the in No. 2 spot, Safron needed three sets to get by Encarni Lizana. Safron picked up the first set 6-2, but Lizana answered in the second with a 6-2 win of her own. Tied 1-1 going into the third, Safron grabbed control and won the point 6-4.
The two will have a chance for another victory tomorrow afternoon as Delaware hosts near-by Drexel University at the Delaware Field House Tennis Courts. Doubles action is set to start at 2:30 p.m.
Both Safron and Carnall were part of a 2-0 day, as Safron paired off with Montse Ripoll in the second flight of doubles and Carnall partnered with Megan Doran for No. 1 flight action.
Safron and Ripoll were the first doubles pair to finish, logging an 8-2 victory against Ariel Burke and Joana Aprodu. The record-setting pair of Doran and Carnall posted their 42nd doubles win, going 8-4 over Lizana and Andrea Samlin.
Doran and Carnall won their 23rd doubles match this season and are now just two wins off the mark of 25, set by Doran and Megan Campbell in 2008-09.
Like their doubles partners, Ripoll and Doran went 2-0 during the day.
Doran needed a tiebreaker in the second set against Aandria Carr, winning the first set easily 6-2, but Carr challenged in the second set, forcing Doran to a 7-6 (6) first-flight win. Ripoll won her sixth-flight match against Burke 6-3, 6-4.
Freshman Olivia Heim rallied against Nisha Shah in the fifth flight, but ultimately fell. Heim lost the first set 6-4, but bounced back in the second to win 6-3. Shah took the third set 6-0.
University of Delaware Women’s Tennis 5, Towson University 2
1. Megan Doran (UD) def. Aandria Carr (TU) 6-2, 7-6 (6)
2. Dorothy Safron (UD) def. Encarni Lizana (TU) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
3. Samantha Carnall (UD) def. Caitlin White (TU) 6-3, 6-0
4. Andrea Samlin (TU) def. Ivana Petrich (UD) 6-1, 6-1
5. Nisha Shah (TU) def. Olivia Heim (UD) 6-4, 3-6, 6-0
6. Montse Ripoll (UD) def. Ariel Burke (TU) 6-3, 6-4
1. Doran/Carnall (UD) def. Samlin/Lizana (TU) 8-4
2. Safron/Ripoll (UD) def. Burke/ Ioana Aprodu (TU) 8-2
3. Daub/Shah (TU) def. Ivana Petrich/Sophie Sjoberg-Sundstrom (UD) 8-6
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