Fourth-ranked Fishers proved too strong for #20 Delta in the Final Four of the IHSAA Team State Tournament.
Fishers won 5-0 in the semifinal match at Center Grove HS courts.
The Eagles came away with a big prize, however, as senior Gwendolyn Clark was chosen the IHSAA State Mental Attitude Award winner. She became the third DHS Tennis player to earn that award, joining Alison Peckinpaugh (2000) and Bradley Wuthrich (2013).
The closest match came at No. 1 doubles. Maggie Hunt and Janet Wegener fell 3-6, 6-3, 4-6 to Cassie Maurer and Emma Beehler. (Emma is the granddaughter of former Delta teacher and athletic director Fred Beehler.)
Hunt and Wegener ended their season with an outstanding 25-3 record. They were first-year doubles partners.
Hunt concluded her career with 62 varsity wins despite missing her sophomore season due to the pandemic. Otherwise, she would likely have been one of only five players in DHS girls’ tennis history to reach 80 career wins.
Wegener has 45 career wins with one season remaining.
Sophomore Gabby Knight fought hard at No. 2 singles with a 4-6 opening set against Izzy Mokra. The second set also had some long tough points but Mokra won 0-6.
Fishers controlled the other matches more easily.
At No. 1 singles, Gwen Clark fell 0-6, 1-6 to Mischa Briggs. Clark finished her senior season at 19-9 and had 50 career varsity victories despite missing her sophomore season due to the pandemic.
At No. 3 singles, freshman Brylee Beckley lost 0-6, 1-6 to Caroline Ober. Beckley finished with a 14-9 record.
At No. 2 doubles, senior Madelyn Haley and junior Iva Witter fell 0-6, 3-6. They finished with a 20-6 record in their first season as doubles partners.
As a team, Delta finished with a 20-5 record. The Eagles were one of six teams statewide to have 20 or more wins. They reached the State Finals for the fifth time and the Final Four for the second time.