Beneck and Lawton look to finish strong
Published: Monday, September 30, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 15:10
Now entering their final season with the Hens, tennis team seniors Troy Beneck and Adam Lawton are looking to continue the success they have found as a doubles team throughout their careers.
The season started strong for Lawton and Beneck as the duo defeated Temple University’s Hicham Belkssir and Kristian Marquart to set a new Delaware record for most wins with 42-17 at the Navy Invitational in Annapolis, Md. on Sept. 7. The previous record of 41-21 was set by Courtney Scott and Chris Hincker in 2009-11.
After snagging the record, Lawton and Beneck continued their streak by not only winning all of their doubles matches in the tournament, but the singles ones as well.
Head coach Laura Travis said Lawton and Beneck’s performance at the Navy Invitational shows the other players how to get the job done.
“They set the bar high in this tournament,” Travis said. “There is now a standard of excellence and they are good examples for the rest of the team.”
Beneck and Lawton, who were 23-8 as a doubles team last year, are aiming to surpass that record this year.
Although Beneck lives in Wilmington, Lawton lives in Estepona, Spain, where his parents and twin sister reside, causing the pair to have a different offseason relationship than is typical for most doubles teams, Beneck said.
“Being that Adam lives in Spain, we don’t get to really practice together until we are at school,” Beneck said. “We worked a lot on our own, but it is definitely all paying off.”
Lawton said the two know each other’s style so the time apart didn’t affect them.
“We’ve been playing together for three years now,” Lawton said. “Individually, our styles of play haven’t changed much, so now it just clicks.”
The two continued their run this season at the Saint Joseph’s Tournament in Philadelphia last Friday. The two advanced to the doubles semi-finals following victories over LaSalle and Saint Joseph’s.
While Lawton and Beneck fell in the finals to Thomas O’Brien and Kelly Donaldson from Villanova, the tournament was still a success as Hens’ freshman Roy Cheng and junior Evan Andrews teamed up to defeat Army’s Sam Jang-Milsten and David Proctor in the finals.
Travis said she was glad Cheng and Andrews took the win, but the team was focusing on the weekend’s Penn Invitational last week.
“We have a lot of information from this tournament,” Travis said. “We are going to watch film, work on the individual problems that arose during the tournament and we’re going to train hard as a team.”
While the Penn Invitational is considered a prestigious tournament, Lawton and Beneck treat it like any other competition.
Lawton said he and Beneck are training arduously for the tournament.
“We definitely have to work exceptionally hard this week in practice,” Lawton said. “Not only do we have to practice hard, but we have to go to the gym to work out and we have to spend time recovering as well.”
The duo currently holds a record of 5-2 this year and is looking to increase their wins in the upcoming tournament.
As one of two seniors on the team, Lawton said he takes pride in helping the younger players get better for the future.
“There are four freshmen on the team,” Lawton said. “I think, as being the only two seniors, these guys look up to us, and we also have the ability to help them improve as players.”