The four senior members of the Delta boys’ tennis team paved the way Wednesday evening to a 7-0 shutout victory over Pendleton Heights on Senior Night at the DHS courts. The 17th-ranked Eagles improved their record to 11-3.
Senior Ben Bamidele stepped up to play No. 1 singles for the first time in his career and won 6-2, 6-3 over Pendleton’s Walker Stull. This was noteworthy because Bamidele lost to Stull in straight sets last year. Bamidele is now 12-5 for the season.
Senior Ben Slavin played a varsity match for the first time in his four-year career and came away victorious. He and partner Jaigen Glaze won 6-2, 6-4. It was the 10th consecutive victory for Slavin this fall.
Regular No. 1 singles player Tannon Dishman reunited with his senior classmate Joel Ashman at No. 1 doubles. They won 6-0, 6-1. Ashman extended his winning streak to nine straight matches and is 15-2 this season. Dishman is 13-4 and gained his 69th career varsity victory, which ties him with ex-DHS star Alec Robillard, who now plays at Ball State University.
Seniors weren’t the only standouts on Wednesday evening, however. Sophomore Brandon Jackson played his first varsity singles match and won 6-0, 6-0 over senior Seth Moore at No. 2 singles. Jackson, the usual No. 1 doubles player, is now 14-3 this fall.
Sophomore Tanner Southerland improved to 11-4 with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles over Kaleb Alumbaugh.
At No. 2 doubles, junior Mason Knight and sophomore Michael Curtis cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory. They have won seven in a row.
Freshman Walker Boyle played his first career varsity match and won 6-2, 6-2 with junior partner Cade Brown. Boyle has won 9 of his last 10 matches, and Brown has won five in a row.
In JV action, Delta won 5-2 to improve to 11-1 this fall. At No. 1 singles, junior Daniel Vencel collected his 11th victory in his past 12 matches. Sophomore Josef Zacek improved to 15-3 with a victory at No. 2 singles. Freshman Adam Altobella won 8-6 and has won three of his past five matches.
At No. 1 doubles, junior Devin McKinley and sophomore Riley Windsor won easily. With eight wins in a row, McKinley is now 13-4. Windsor owns a 15-2 record, the best mark on the JV.
Freshman Brad Shue and junior Jordan Ashton won at No. 4 doubles.
The Eagles (11-3 overall, 5-0 Hoosier Heritage Conference) will continue their season by playing Shelbyville at 5 p.m. Thursday. The match will be at the Greenfield-Central courts.