The Eagles’ depth paid off Monday evening in a 3-2 road victory over conference rival New Palestine.
Delta won at No. 3 singles and both doubles matches, dominating those positions by a combined score of 36-5 in games. As a result the Eagles extended their Hoosier Heritage Conference dual-match winning streak in boys’ tennis to 35 consecutive matches over the past six years.
The Eagles also won the JV match 7-5, avenging a 10-5 loss to the New Pal junior varsity last season.
In the varsity match, sophomore Kody Vest won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. At No. 1 doubles, senior Riley Bratton and junior Dalton Royal were 6-1, 6-0 winners. And at No. 2 doubles, senior Isaac Anderson and junior Preston Shanayda prevailed 6-1, 6-3.
New Pal claimed the top two singles positions, exposing some areas in which Delta will need to improve in practice this week.
In the JV match, there were several highlights:
- Caleb Hewitt rallied from a 4-7 hole to win 8-7.
- Owen Cupp, playing singles for the first time, won 8-3.
- James Engle, also playing singles for the first time this season, won 8-3.
- Kam Swoboda and Kaden Crist, trailing 3-5, pulled out an 8-5 win with five straight games.
- Jake Bilby/Ben Miller, Will Kile/John Atkinson and Heath Sprague/James Root were all winners, also
The Eagles are idle until a double-header this weekend. The team faces Shelbyville in an HHC match at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Vernon courts, then travels north to Culver Academies for a 3 p.m. match
- Owen Vest lost 0-6, 3-6
- Colin McCrady lost 6-7 (0), 3-6
- Kody Vest won 6-0, 6-0
- Dalton Royal/Riley Bratton won 6-1, 6-0
- Isaac Anderson/Preston Shanayda won 6-1, 6-3
- Simon Marlow lost 7-8 (5)
- Caleb Hewitt won 8-7 (1)
- Owen Cupp won 8-3
- James Engle won 8-3
- Jake Bilby/Ben Miller won 8-5
- Aaron Elliott/Brady Williams lost 3-8
- Will Kile/John Atkinson won 8-4
- Kam Swoboda/Kaden Crist won 8-5
- Heath Sprague/James Root won 8-3
- Jacob Williams/Matteo Caddedu lost 4-8
- Ayden Mitchell/Justus Subler lost 4-8
- Alexander Smith/Daniel Tokar lost 3-8