With the team match tied at 2-2, sophomore Mason Knight and freshman Michael Curtis won 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles to lift the boys’ tennis team to a first-round regional victory over Lapel on Tuesday evening.
Both teams have been state-ranked all season. No. 20 Delta now is 18-4, while No. 29 Lapel finishes 19-5.
After going 5-3 in the first eight matches this fall, the Eagles have won 13 of their last 14 since Sept. 2.
A key match for the Eagles on Tuesday came at No. 1 singles, where senior Jason Wegener (22-3) edged Lapel senior Joseph Conrad, handing him his first loss of the season after 23 wins. After trailing 1-3 early, Wegener rallied to win the first set 7-6, then built a 5-0 lead in the second set before hanging on for 6-3.
It was Wegener’s 92nd career varsity win, moving him past Daniel Klingenberg and Kelly Robbins into second all-time on the DHS list.
Juniors Tannon Dishman and Joel Ashman were dominant at No. 1 doubles. They won 6-0, 6-2 and are now 23-2.
Lapel picked up points at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. Lapel sophomore Jesse McCurdy won 6-2, 6-2 over junior Ben Bamidele at No. 2, and Lapel senior Austin Lyons won 6-1, 6-2 over freshman Tanner Southerland at No. 3.
No. 28 Marion topped Union City 5-0 in the other semifinal.
Delta and Marion will meet at 5 p.m. Wednesday for the regional championship.
Delta has won five straight regional championships. Marion won the regional title in 2011, the first year the Giants began hosting regional. Prior to that Delta had a streak of 16 consecutive regional titles.