Five of the eight teams in Saturday’s Crawfordsville Invitational were ranked among the state’s Top 30 teams. Delta successfully handled the powerful field and finished second.
In all five singles and doubles flights, the Eagles won two of their three matches. This balanced attack contributed to the successful day on the courts.
Third-ranked Indianapolis Cathedral won the event with 51 points. Delta placed second with 33 points, followed by 13th-ranked Terre Haute North and 28th-ranked Providence tied with 22 points apiece. North Montgomery finished fifth with 20, Crawfordsville sixth with 19, 26th-ranked Floyd Central seventh with 15, and Frankfort last with 0.
Delta went 0-4 against Cathedral, but 10-1 against the rest of the field, including a perfect 7-0 record against opponents from the other state-ranked teams.
Emma Snider placed runner-up at No. 1 singles. She beat Floyd Central’s top player 6-1, 6-2, then defeated Crawfordsville 7-5, 6-2, before losing in the finals to Cathedral 0-6, 1-6.
At No. 2 singles, Grace Belangee was runner-up. She opened with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Frankfort, then defeated Floyd Central 6-1, 6-0, and fell to Cathedral in the championship match 1-6, 2-6.
At No. 3 singles, Kim Schneider rallied for a 1-6, 6-4, (10-8) win in the opening round over North Montgomery, then lost 1-6, 0-6 to Cathedral in the semifinals. She bounced back for a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Providence for third place.
At No. 1 doubles, the Eagles narrowly missed winning the championship. Seniors Emily Decker and Sarah Ogle beat Crawfordsville 6-1, 6-1, then topped Terre Haute North 6-2, 6-4. In the championship match, they dropped the first set 3-6 to Cathedral, then won the second set 6-3 to force a third-set tiebreaker. Delta built a 9-7 lead in the tiebreaker and had two match points, but the Irish wiggled out of the jam and won the tiebreaker 12-10. It was the first defeat this season for Decker and Ogle.
At No. 2 doubles, seniors Anna Groover and Jasmine Robinson picked up two excellent victories. They beat a strong Providence team 7-5, 6-2 in the opening round, then outlasted a strong Floyd Central duo 4-6, 6-1, (10-8) in the third-place match. Groover and Robinson remain unbeaten for the season.
Maddie Holdren and Abby Shafer played the semifinal match at No. 2 doubles and came up short to North Montgomery, 1-6, 4-6.
In JV action, Abby Shafer, Lauren Milligan, Shelby Robbins and Katelyn Milligan all won singles sets.
Delta, tied for 13th in the state rankings, will travel to New Castle on Monday for a conference match, then will visit Alexandria on Tuesday in a makeup match.