Assistant coach Tate Dishman is flanked by Rick Mann (left) and Supt. Reece Mann (right). The Mann brothers both hit first serves prior to the SmashCancer match. Rick Mann is a cancer survivor and Reece Mann is battling cholangiocancinoma.
The annual Delta-Yorktown match took on even more significance this year on Friday, May 14. It was the completion of the rain-delayed SmashCancer match as well as the celebration of senior night.
Supt. Reece Mann, who had chemotherapy for his cholangiocarcinoma earlier in the day, made a surprise appearance at the Senior Day ceremony. The SmashCancer match resulted in a record-setting total of over $15,000 in profits to donate to the cancer organizations and beneficiaries:
> $8,000 to the Cancer Center at IU Health Ball
> $4,000 to the Little Red Door Cancer Services of ECI
> $1,000 to the Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation in honor of Reece Mann
> $1,000 to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life
> $1,000 to the family of Delta senior Aubree Seals, whose father is battling Stage 4 cancer
The Eagles (14-2) played all seven seniors in varsity positions.
Six seniors swept the three varsity doubles positions.
Tynan Dishman and Maggie Manor won 6-0, 6-0.
Sara Cardemon and Mary Groover won 6-0, 6-0.
Laura Fowler and Jacy Bradley won 6-1, 6-3.
The seventh senior, Abigail Bamidele, had to move up to No. 1 singles in the absence of Gwendolyn Clark. Bamidele fell 1-6, 0-6 to Yorktown senior standout Sasha Academia.
In the other singles match, junior Maggie Hunt won 6-0, 6-0; freshman Gabby Knight won 6-0, 6-0; and sophomore Gracie Williams prevailed 2-6, 6-2 (11-9) in a third-set tiebreaker. She overcame two match points against her in her first-ever varsity singles match.
The Eagles won the JV match 14-0.
- Abby Bamidele lost 1-6, 0-6
- Maggie Hunt won 6-0, 6-0
- Gabby Knight won 6-0, 6-0
- Gracie Williams won 2-6, 6-2 (11-9)
- Tynan Dishman/Maggie Manor won 6-0, 6-0
- Sara Cardemon/Mary Groover won 6-0, 6-0
- Laura Fowler/Jacy Bradley won 6-1, 6-3
- Katie Alexander won 8-3
- Iva Witter won 8-0
- Hailey Conner won 8-0
- Caitlyn Kirby won 8-0
- Savanna Hickey / Olivia Miller won 8-0 and won 8-0
- Eden Richey / Rylen Jones won 8-0 and won 8-0
- Lizzy Thomas / Hannah McDowell won 8-1
- Emily Hayes and Emma Landis won 8-6
- Ava Fallon / Anna Cardemon won 8-1
- Carley Kitchens / Emily Woodson won 8-3
- Katie Alexander / Sarah Haney won 8-2
- Iva Witter / Lizzy Thomas won 8-0