Delta won its fifth straight girls’ tennis regional in a tightly contested 4-1 victory over host Marion on Wednesday evening.
The 8th-ranked Eagles were pushed to the limit in several matches by Marion, a senior-dominated team that has been the Eagles’ chief rival for the past decade.
Delta will face 27th-ranked Elkhart Concord at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Homestead Semi-State. The same two teams met at semi-state a year ago with Delta edging Concord 3-2 to reach the State Finals for the third time in school history.
Delta is 23-1 with a lineup of two seniors, three sophomores and two freshmen. The 23 wins is the second-highest total for girls’ tennis in school history, trailing only the 24 wins amassed by the 2015 team.
Against Marion, senior Ellie Snider defeated Marion senior Kayla Dubuque 7-5, 6-3 in the marquee match at No. 1 singles. Dubuque was undefeated for the season, while Snider is now 22-1.
At No. 2 singles, freshman Gwendolyn Clark rallied twice to beat Marion junior Claire Hendricks, 1-6, 6-0, 6-4. Clark trailed 0-4 in the third set.
At No. 3 singles, freshman Maggie Hunt lost to Marion freshman Jaden Sebastian, 4-6, 3-6.
Delta again swept doubles, as the Eagles have done most of the season. Sophomores Tynan Dishman and Maggie Manor beat two Marion seniors 6-4, 6-1. Dishman and Manor are 17-1 together.
At No. 2 doubles, senior Mayzie Hinkle and sophomore Abby Bamidele moved to 14-0 together with a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
Overall this season, Dishman is 22-2, Manor 21-3, Hinkle 20-2, and Bamidele 19-1.