Petrich Wins 75th Career Singles Match to Set New Delaware Record as Hens Down Hopkins 6-1
April 17, 2011
Photo Courtesy of John Stark; Delaware Head Coach Laura Travis (left) with Ivana Petrich (right)
NEWARK, Del. -- Ivana Petrich made senior day special Sunday afternoon, logging her 75th victory as a member of the University of Delaware women's tennis team. The win broke the all-time singles career record at the University and was a part of the Hens 6-1 win over visiting Johns Hopkins University at a wind-swept Delaware Field House Tennis Courts.
The Blue Hens improved to 12-4 on the season, while Johns Hopkins, currently ranked No. 9 in the ITA Division III polls, lost just their second match of the season and falls to 13-2 overall. The Blue Hen victory also snapped a 10-game Blue Jay winning streak.
Petich is now in sole possession of the singles career record, defeating Ariel Several 6-2, 6-3. Petrich tied the record in Friday's match against Drexel. She has now passed Erin Kamen, who notched 74 victories from 1996-2000.
“It’s really a nice way to wrap up my career here at Delaware,” said Petrich of the victory. “It was senior day, I beat the record, but when you’re out on the court, you can’t really think about that. You just play one point at a time and fight for the wins. It was the icing on the cake.”
The Blue Hens swept the doubles action, including an 8-5 win from Samantha Carnall and Megan Doran in the first flight. The pair posted their 23rd win of the season over Hailey Hogan and Nandita Krishnan.
Doran and Carnall need just two wins to tie the single season doubles win record of 25, set by Doran and Amanda Campbell in 2008-09.
The current Blue Hen pairing will have a chance to get one step closer to that record as Delaware heads to Norfolk, Va. for the Colonial Athletic Association Championships. Action is set to begin on April 21 and run through April 26. Matches will be held at Old Dominion University’s Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center.
Petrich and Sophie Sjoberg-Sundstrom were the first doubles pair to finish, defeating Courtney Boger and Brooke Pottish 8-4 in the third flight. Dorothy Safron and Montse Ripoll solidified the doubles point, finishing second. Ripoll and Safron defeated Abby Dwyer and Carolyn Warren 8-3 in the second flight.
Delaware won five of the six doubles matches, needing just two sets in each flight to do so.
Carnall notched her 72nd career win, and is now just one shy of the third-place mark of head coach Laura Travis, who won 73 matches for the Blue and Gold. Carnall’s victory came 6-4, 6-2 over Hogan.
In the first flight, Doran won her first set 6-3 over Warren. The second set was a tight affair, and needed an extra point before Doran picked up the win 7-5.
Ripoll won the fifth flight point 6-1, 6-3 over Dwyer while Sjoberg-Sundstrom played in her first singles match since Feb. 17. She was not rusty in singles place, defeating Boger 6-4, 6-0. Sjoberg-Sundstrom concluded the regular season undefeated in the sixth flight at 4-0.
University of Delaware 6, Johns Hopkins University 1
1. Megan Doran (UD) def. Carolyn Warren (JHU) 6-3, 7-5
2. Nandita Krishnan (JHU) def. Dorothy Safron (UD) 6-1, 6-0
3. Samantha Carnall (UD) def. Hailey Hogan (JHU) 6-4, 6-2
4. Ivana Petrich (UD) def. Ariel Several (JHU) 6-2, 6-3
5. Montse Ripoll (UD) def. Abby Dwyer (JHU) 6-1, 6-3
6. Sophie Sjoberg-Sundstrom (UD) def. Courtney Boger (JHU) 6-4, 6-0
1. Carnall/Doran (UD) def. Hogan/Krishnan (JHU) 8-5
2. Safron/Ripoll (UD) def. Dwyer/Warren (JHU) 8-3
3. Petrich/Sjoberg-Sundstrom (UD) def. Boger/Brooke Pottish (JHU) 8-4