Delta tied its own Hoosier Heritage Conference record by winning its 11th consecutive league title in girls’ tennis on Saturday morning.
It didn’t come easily as the Eagles defeated New Palestine 3-2 at the Mt. Vernon courts. The victory completed a 7-0 conference season.
No team in any sport in HHC history has won more than 11 straight conference titles. Here’s the longest streaks (five of the 10 all-time longest streaks are Delta sports):
> 11 = Delta Girls Tennis (2010-current)
> 11 = Delta Girls Tennis (1998-2008)
> 10 = Delta Boys Tennis (1998-2007)
> 10 = Greenfield Boys Swimming (2011-2020)
> 9 = New Palestine Baseball (2004-2012)
> 8 = Yorktown Volleyball (2009-2016)
> 8 = Yorktown Boys Swimming (2002-2009)
> 8 = Delta Volleyball (2001-2008)
> 7 = Delta Boys Tennis (2010-2016)
> 7 = New Palestine Football (2013-2019)
As has often been the case this spring, the Eagles controlled doubles. Tynan Dishman and Maggie Manor cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 1 doubles. Moments later Sara Cardemon and Janet Wegener walked off with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at No. 2.
But then things got tougher. With No. 1 singles player Gwen Clark temporarily out of action, the other singles players had to move up one position.
Freshman Gabby Knight, inserted at No. 3 singles, hung tough in a tight first set and prevailed 7-5, 6-1 to clinch the win.
Abigail Bamidele and Maggie Hunt ran into a couple of gritty opponents and dropped the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches.
The Eagles won the JV match 13-2. The JV team now has a 12-3 record. Autumn Subler collected her first career victory, which means everyone on the team has won at least one match this spring. Junior Lizzy Thomas remains the team’s only undefeated player for the entire season.
The 11th-ranked Eagles (16-2) will conclude the regular season by playing at 9th-ranked Homestead in Fort Wayne at 5:15 pm. Tuesday. Homestead is coming off a victory over 4th-ranked Columbus North this weekend.
The sectional then begins Wednesday at Delta. Pairings will be determined on Monday night at the IHSAA headquarters in Indianapolis.
- Abby Bamidele lost 4-6, 2-6
- Maggie Hunt lost 6-7 (3), 2-6
- Gabby Knight won 7-5, 6-1
- Tynan Dishman/Maggie Manor won 6-0, 6-1
- Sara Cardemon/Janet Wegener won 6-0, 6-0
- Katie Alexander won 8-1
- Hailey Conner won 8-6
- Caitlyn Kirby lost 2-8
- Jenna Whetzel lost 7-8 (6)
- Mary Groover / Iva Witter won 8-1
- Gracie Williams / Madelyn Haley won 8-2
- Savanna Hickey / Olivia Miller won 8-1
- Laura Fowler / Jacy Bradley won 8-0
- Eden Richey / Rylen Jones won 8-0
- Lizzy Thomas / Hannah McDowell won 8-1
- Sarah Haney / Emily Hayes won 8-0
- Ava Fallon / Anna Cardemon won 8-3
- Emma Landis / Emily Woodson won 8-5
- Autumn Subler / Carley Kitchens won 8-1