Delta swept the doubles matches but lost 3-2 to Jasper in the quarterfinals of the IHSAA Team State Finals on Friday, June 1 at Carmel High School’s courts.
Top-ranked Carmel beat No. 2 Cathedral 3-2 for the championship on Saturday, June 2. Jasper and Brownsburg tied for third place, with Delta, South Bend St. Joseph, Providence and Center Grove tying for fifth. More than 300 teams competed in the state tournament.
Delta was in the girls’ team state event for the third time in school history. The Eagles were third in 2000 and fifth in 2011. They also have competed five times at state in boys’ tennis, with an all-time high finish of third-place in 2004 and 2014.
The Eagles pulled out two close doubles matches against Jasper. Lexie Manor and Grace Belangee, playing in their final high school match, won 7-6 (8), 6-4 at No. 1 doubles. They finished 21-4 for the spring. Belangee gained her 78th career win, which ranks her third all-time for Delta girls’ tennis. She played three years at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, and one year at No.1 doubles.
Senior Kortney Helm and junior Mayzie Hinkle won 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 at No, 2 doubles. They shared the position throughout the season with freshman Maggie Manor, and the three of them helped the Eagles finish 22-3 at No. 2 doubles.
In singles, Jasper won all three matches handily. Despite their hard efforts, junior Ellie Snider, senior Emma Snider and freshman Tynan Dishman combined to win eight games against their Jasper opponents. Still, the Delta singles girls put together a good season as Ellie finished 17-8, Emma 21-4, and Tynan 20-5.
Emma ended her career with 72 varsity wins, which ranks seventh all-time. She played two seasons at No. 1 singles, one year at No. 1 doubles, and one year at No. 2 singles.
The Eagles finished 18-4 with conference, sectional, regional and semi-state titles. They also were named Academic Team All-State and raised more than $7,000 in their SmashCancer match.