Looking to extend her singles win streak to 11 matches, Nava took the first set from Viva Laas, 6-1, but fell in the second in identical fashion, 6-1 at the top flight. Moving to the third set, Nava took control en route to a 6-4 decision to earn the match victory.
After missing time with an injury, Gomez made an impact in her first match at home as she battled to a 6-4, 3-6, 10-5 win over Sarah Hall at the third flight.
Delaware would capture the other four singles flights though, and despite a win by Nava and Isis Gill-Reid at No. 1 doubles, the Blue Hens earned the doubles point for the team win.
"Delaware is a deep squad and I felt we played them tough and to score two singles points, and win one doubles, was a positive improvement showing the benefit of the outdoor training and match play over spring break," said SJU head coach Ian Crookenden. "Amanda stepped up in the third set after a momentum swing cost her the second and Laura played a convincing tiebreak to close out her match. A match to grow on and gain a lot of confidence from our performances."
The Hawks (1-10) are back in action March 30 at Rhode Island.
Delaware 5, Saint Joseph's 2
1. Amanda Nava/Isis Gill-Reid (SJU) def. Annie Jaskulski/Tayo Adetunji (Delaware) 6-4
2. Caragh Courtney/Emily Gotkiewicz (Delaware) def. Laura Gomez/Alex Kramer (SJU) 6-0
3. Sarah Hall/Sarah Whited (Delaware) def. Paige Conrad/Katherine Devlin (SJU) 6-3
1. Amanda Nava (SJU) def. Viva Laas (Delaware) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4
2. Caragh Courtney (Delaware) def. Isis Gill-Reid (SJU) 6-4, 6-0
3. Laura Gomez (SJU) def. Sarah Hall (Delaware) 6-4, 3-6, 10-5
4. Emily Gotkiewicz (Delaware) def. Paige Conrad (SJU) 6-1, 6-2
5. Tayo Adetunji (Delaware) def. Katherine Devlin (SJU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Sarah Whited (Delaware) def. Alex Kramer (SJU) 6-2, 6-1
Singles: Delaware 69, Saint Joseph's 33
Doubles: Delaware 16, Saint Joseph's 9
Total: Delaware 85, Saint Joseph's 42
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