A pair of winning streaks came to an end for the Drexel University men’s and women’s tennis teams April 7, as both sides saw their respective four- and five-match winning streaks snap at the hands of the University of Delaware. The men (9-6, 1-1 Colonial Athletic Association) lost 5-2, while the women (11-7, 2-1 CAA) lost 4-3.
On the men’s side, several specific misgivings caused the defeat. Most notably, the men went 0-3 in the doubles matches. Delaware convincingly won the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches by 8-1 and 8-2 scores. At No. 3 the doubles team of freshman Dan Koehler and sophomore Paul Stauskas gave their Delaware counterparts all they could handle but lost 8-6 to the team of sophomore Nolan Gelman and freshman Evan Andrews.
In the singles matches, Drexel won two out of the first three matches. At No. 1, freshman Badr Ouabdelmoumen beat Delaware’s sophomore No. 1 Troy Beneck 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. This win likely contributed to Ouabdelmoumen earning Drexel’s Athlete of the Week honors.
After losing the second match, Drexel took a 2-1 advantage as sophomore No. 3 Skyler Davis defeated the Blue Hens’ Andre Vorobyov 6-1, 6-2. Unfortunately, that was as good as it was going to get for the Dragons. Delaware went on to sweep the remaining three matches, with two of them coming in straight sets.
Despite the Drexel women taking the overall doubles point by winning two of three matches at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots, Delaware dominated the singles. The Blue Hens won four out of the six matches, including three in straight sets. The only bright spots for the women came at the No. 5 and No. 6 spots, as sophomore Alex Bell and freshman Nicole Pivonka won their individual matches.
Both the men’s and women’s teams will conclude their regular seasons April 13 at George Mason University. The match was originally set to take place April 11 but was postponed due to rain. After that match, the CAA Championships will take place April 19-22 at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.