In perhaps its grittiest performance of the season, the girls’ tennis team claimed a 4-1 victory at rival Marion on Wednesday night.
The 17th-ranked Eagles improved to 10-1 for the season with the road win over the Giants, who were state-ranked earlier in the spring.
Tuesday night, the tennis team participated in the sixth annual SmashCancer match at Yorktown in cold and windy conditions for five hours. In that match, the Eagles shut out the Tigers 5-0 and combined with them to raise an estimated $5,000 for local cancer organizations.
Less than 24 hours later, the girls were back on the road for the match at Marion, the team’s biggest regional rival in recent years. Due to the threat of rain, the Delta girls took the court without their traditional warm-up.
The girls responded well, however, and played tough from start to finish. First off the court were No. 2 singles Grace Belangee and No. 3 singles Mayzie Hinkle, each of whom won 6-1, 6-0.
Abby Shafer and Emma Snider then clinched the team victory when they beat Marion’s Maria Porter and Elizabeth Wuertley at No. 1 doubles, 6-1, 6-2. Shafer and Snider are now 13-0 together at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 2 doubles, Kortney Helm and Lexie Manor rallied for a 4-6, 7-6 (12-10), 6-2 victory in the night’s longest match. They faced match points against them in the second set but hung tough and pulled out the win.
At No. 1 singles, Ellie Snider battled hard before falling to Marion’s Kayla Dubuque, 6-1, 6-4.
The JV team dropped a 6-3 decision to Marion. Winners for Delta were Katelyn Lopiccolo/Ryley Bilbrey at No. 1 doubles, Marissa Mercer/Bryn Marlow at No. 2 doubles, and Lily Brannon/Joli Finley at No. 4 doubles.
The Eagles are scheduled to play at Pendleton Heights at 5 p.m. Thursday, weather-permitting. They then host 2016 State Runner-Up South Bend St. Joseph, ranked 8th, on Saturday at 10 a.m.