Delaware Women’s Tennis Knocks out George Mason 4-0 To Reach Quarterfinals
April 21, 2011
Photos Courtesy of Mark Campbell
NORFOLK, Va. -- Behind an undefeated day from four different Blue Hens, the University of Delaware women’s tennis team advanced to its 10th straight Colonial Athletic Association tournament quarterfinals, collecting a 4-0 win over George Mason University on Thursday afternoon.
Delaware, which came into the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Tournament as the No. 6 seed, advances to face third-seeded Georgia State. Action will start at 4 p.m. at the Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center on the campus of Old Dominion University.
The Hens (13-4 overall) earned the doubles point, but dropped one flight. Megan Doran and Samantha Carnall, Delaware’s all-time winningest doubles tandem, stayed true to form, knocking off Mason’s Lindsay Gray and Kiersten Pappas 8-2 in the first flight.
But George Mason (18-14 overall) answered back in the second flight, as Ashley Delaney and Yasmin Fotovat edged Delaware’s Montse Ripoll and Dorothy Safron 8-4.
Delaware collected the point with a thriller in the third flight. Blue Hen pair Ivana Petrich and Sophie Sjoberg-Sundstrom (above at right) needed an extra point, but eventually defeated Brooke Blackwell and Alison Wingo 9-7.
The Blue Hens made short work of Mason in singles action, as Ripoll logged the first victory. She swept Mason’s Aryn Christman 6-0, 6-0 in the fifth flight.
With a solid outing from Petrich, the Hens all-time winningest singles player, Delaware opened the gap to 3-0 as she knocked out Delaney 6-2, 6-2 in the fourth flight.
Playing in her first-ever CAA tournament, freshman Dorothy Safron solidified Delaware’s win with a 6-3, 6-1 win against Wingo in the second flight.
Three of Delaware’s singles players were leading their matches before the Hens reached 4-0 and the match was concluded. Doran led 1-0 over Lindsay Gray in the first flight, after taking the opening set 7-6 (4). Second set action had not yet begun for Doran.
Doran’s doubles partner, Carnall, was also ahead in her third flight match, taking the first set 6-3 and was leading the second set 4-1 over Blackwell.
Playing her second singles match in as many matches, Sjoberg-Sundstrom, normally a doubles player but subbing in the sixth flight for freshman Olivia Heim, was up 1-0 on Fotovat, taking the first set 7-6 (2) and leading the second set 1-0.
#6 University of Delaware 4, #11 George Mason University 0
#1 Megan Doran (UD) No Decision vs. Lindsay Gray (Mason) – DNF 7-6 (4), 0-0
#2 Dorothy Safron (UD) def. Alison Wingo (Mason), 6-3, 6-1
#3 Samantha Carnall (UD) No Decision vs. Brooke Blackwell (Mason) – DNF 6-3, 4-1
#4 Ivana Petrich (UD) def. Ashley Delaney (Mason), 6-2, 6-2
#5 Montse Ripoll (UD) def. Aryn Christman (Mason), 6-0, 6-0
#6 Sophie Sjoberg-Sundstrom (UD) No Decision vs. Yasmin Fotovat (Mason) – DNF 7-6 (2), 1-0
Singles Order of Finish: 5, 4, 2
#1 Doran/Carnall (UD) def. Gray/Kiersten Pappas (Mason), 8-2
#2 Delaney/Fotovat (Mason) def. Safron/Ripoll (UD), 8-4
#3 Petrich/Sjoberg-Sundstrom (UD) def. Blackwell/Wingo (Mason), 9-7
Doubles Order of Finish: 1, 2, 3