Seniors Sarah Ogle and Emily Decker have become the latest Delta Doubles team to reach the IHSAA State Tennis Finals.
Ogle and Decker defeated Indianapolis Cathedral’s Megan Farrell and Rachel Long 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday, May 28 in the Homestead Semi-State.
Third-ranked Cathedral (19-1) won the team match 3-2 over 11th-ranked Delta (18-2).
Delta swept the doubles matches. In addition to Decker and Ogle’s victory, seniors Anna Groover and Jasmine Robinson won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles. They finished 16-1 together this season.
Overall, Delta added to its long tradition of excellence in doubles by winning 46 out of 49 varsity doubles matches this spring. Ogle and Decker will be the 17th Delta Doubles team to compete in the individual State Finals. Twelve of those 17 teams have reached the Final Four, and five teams have finished as State Runner-Up.
Those five State Runner-Up teams are:
Karryn Christopher and Angie Calvert (1993)
Ashli Smith and Sarah Peckinpaugh (2001)
Daniel Jackson and Kelly Robbins (2001)
Kat Yadon and Sarah Peckinpaugh (2002)
Dan Klingenberg and Jeff Price (2007)
Ogle and Decker are 22-1 in their first season at No. 1 doubles. Previously, they were partners as sophomores and juniors at No. 2 doubles. Both have won more than 60 career varsity matches.
Their only loss this season came in late April in the Crawfordsville Invitational. Ironically, the loss was to Cathedral in a third-set tiebreaker, which made Saturday’s convincing 6-2, 6-1 victory all the more sweeter.
Delta’s singles players simply ran into a buzzsaw Saturday — or more accurately, three buzzsaws. The Koscielski sisters — Maeve, Grace and Claire — are all highly ranked standouts. None of the three have lost a match this season.
At No. 1 singles, Maeve, a leading candidate to win the State Singles championship this year, defeated Delta sophomore Emma Snider 6-0, 6-1. Emma finished her season 14-7 with all of her losses to state-ranked opponents.
At No. 2 singles, Grace, a senior, defeated Delta sophomore Grace Belangee 6-1, 6-1. Belangee enjoyed a strong sophomore season with a 16-7 record and is now 36-12 in two years of high school tennis. She has only been playing the sport of tennis for about two years.
At No. 3 singles, Claire, a freshman, defeated Delta freshman Mayzie Hinkle 6-1, 6-1. Mayzie ended her rookie season with an 11-2 record.
The Eagles accomplished many highlights this season:
* 18-2 varsity record
* State ranking as high as No. 11
* 17-0 JV record
* 24th sectional title in past 25 years
* 5th regional title in past 6 years
* Another Hoosier Heritage Conference title with undefeated record
* Extended their conference winning streak to 86 consecutive matches in girls’ and boys’ tennis
* One player, senior Anna Groover, who is a virtual lock to be named Academic All-State First Team
* Two players, seniors Emily Decker and Sarah Ogle, who are highly likely to be chosen All-State Doubles
* Highly successful 5th annual SmashCancer match that raised a record amount for local cancer organizations by selling 1,181 t-shirts.
* Two seniors who signed college tennis scholarships (Maddie Holdren to Olivet Nazarene University and Shelby Robbins to Taylor University)
Final records for this year’s players:
Emily Decker 22-1 varsity (entering State Doubles)
Sarah Ogle 22-1 varsity (entering State Doubles)
Anna Groover 16-1 varsity, 2-0 JV
Jasmine Robinson 16-1 varsity, 2-0 JV
Kim Schneider 10-2 varsity, 3-0 JV
Maddie Holdren 5-1 varsity, 9-1 JV
Katelyn Milligan 1-0 varsity, 9-1 JV
Shelby Robbins 1-0 varsity, 11-3 JV
Haleigh Criswell 11-1 JV
Helene Thomassen 11-1 JV
Brooke Kemp 6-4 JV
Valeria Ulloa 4-6 JV
Abby Shafer 4-1 varsity, 11-1 JV
Katelyn Lopiccolo 13-2 JV
Claire Fitzwater 12-2 JV
Ruth Smith 7-7 JV
Emma Snider 14-7 varsity
Grace Belangee 16-7 varsity
Bryn Marlow 12-0 JV
Lexie Manor 17-1 JV
Lauren Milligan 16-1 JV
Kortney Helm 14-2 JV
Danielle Polk 10-6 JV
Lexi Bailey 7-3 JV
Joli Finley 6-4 JV
Camille Lykins 3-1 JV (injured)
Mayzie Hinkle 11-2 varsity, 9-0 JV
Marissa Mercer 13-1 JV
Ryley Bilbrey 8-3 JV
Lily Brannon 7-3 JV
Keirsten Bankson 7-4 JV
Hanna Padgett 0-0 (injured)