The Delta boys’ tennis team’s annual visit to Culver Academies was highly successful on Saturday evening, both on and off the court.
On the court, the 25th-ranked Delta squad beat 29th-ranked Culver 4-1 at the Gable Tennis Complex. Culver has been a team state finalist in four of the past five seasons and features one of the state’s top players in returning All-State First Team member Niko Warnholtz of Mexico.
Warnholtz defeated junior Tanner Southerland 6-2, 6-4 on the top court. Delta collected victories everywhere else.
Junior Brandon Jackson won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles over Paul Wilson of Key Biscayne, Florida. Senior Daniel Vencel won 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 at No. 3 singles over AJ Davidson from Lake Forest, Illinois.
Seniors Cade Brown and Mason Knight were dominant in a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles. And senior Jaigen Glaze and sophomore Walker Boyle pulled through at No. 2 doubles in a tough match, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
The JV team won 9-4 in a match that featured several tiebreakers and three-set matches. See complete results below.
Delta (3-0) will face conference rivals Greenfield and New Palestine this week in home matches. Greenfield will visit Tuesday, and New Pal will come to us on Wednesday.
Off the court, the trip to Culver was full of memories:
> We played on Culver’s newly resurfaced varsity courts as well as a couple of matches in their beautiful indoor facility. The varsity and JV courts featured electronic scoreboards with all matches updated regularly.
> We enjoyed Papa’s Pizza by Lake Maxinkuckee near the campus Indoor Rowing Center and Naval Station on a beautiful fall evening.
> Seniors Cade Brown (celebrating his 18th birthday), Jaigen Glaze, Mason Knight, Devin McKinley and Daniel Vencel all continued our tradition of jumping into Lake Maxinkuckee. Several teammates joined them, with Brad Shue and Eli Arnold taking an extended swim.
> We had 24 teams of players/managers/parents/family members competing in a cornhole tournament after the match. Jason Arnold, father of players Sam and Eli, was on the winning team along with Carly Ratliff, sister of freshman player Camden Ratliff. They won five straight matches to take the title. In the finals, they beat assistant coach Tate Dishman and sophomore Cooper Roach. Also making the semifinals were senior Cade Brown and sophomore Logan Anderson as well as Cindy Glaze (mother of Jaigen) and Joe Ratliff (father of Carly and Camden).
1. Tanner Southerland lost 2-6, 4-6
2. Brandon Jackson won 6-2, 6-2
3. Daniel Vencel won 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
1. Mason Knight/Cade Brown won 6-0, 6-1
2. Jaigen Glaze/Walker Boyle won 7-6 (4), 6-2
1. Josef Zacek won 6-2, 6-1
2. Jordan Ashton lost 3-6, 6-7 (1)
3. Adam Altobella lost 2-6, 6-7 (2)
4. Owen Vest won 6-1, 6-1
5. Eli Arnold won 6-2, 6-2
6. Isaac Anderson won 6-1, 6-0
1. Devin McKinley/Riley Windsor won 6-2, 6-2
2. Sam Arnold/Kaiden Baty lost 6-2, 5-7, (9-11)
3. Riley Bratton/Landon Freiburger won 6-3, 6-2
4. Cooper Roach/Brad Shue won 6-2, 6-0
5. Ross Meacham/Colin McCrady lost 6-1, 1-6, (4-10)
6. Logan Anderson/Isaac Anderson won 6-1, 6-0
7. Camden Ratliff/Heath Sprague won 7-5, 4-6, (10-6)