The boys’ tennis teams from Delta and Mt. Vernon enjoyed a rare treat Wednesday night — and that’s in addition to the post-match pizza that Mt. Vernon provided. The rare treat was the ability to be the last two teams in Indiana to play a boys’ tennis match this fall. (Teams are shown together in photo on home page banner)
Due to rainouts, the teams weren’t able to play during the regular season. Since the match was for the conference championship, the IHSAA granted permission to play after the postseason ended.
Delta entered with a 6-0 Hoosier Heritage Conference mark, while Mt. Vernon was 5-1. But Wednesday night in crisp conditions, the Eagles dominated from start to finish, winning 5-0 at the varsity level and 10-1 at the JV level.
The title was Delta’s 19th HHC championship in boys’ tennis and their eighth in the past nine seasons (New Palestine won last year).
Sophomore Tanner Southerland got the biggest win yesterday. He defeated Mt. Vernon senior Sam McCarty, 6-3, 6-1. Southerland improved his record to 20-5, while McCarty lost for the first time this season after 21 straight victories.
At No. 1 singles, senior Tannon Dishman raised his record to 22-5 with a 6-1, 6-0 victory over JD Cohee.
At No. 2 singles, senior Ben Bamidele defeated Chris Hays, 6-3, 6-1. Bamidele finished his season at 19-8.
At No. 1 doubles, senior Joel Ashman and sophomore Brandon Jackson won 6-2, 6-1 over MV’s Brayden Browning and Payton Meadors. Ashman and Jackson finished 23-3.
At No. 2 doubles, sophomore Michael Curtis and junior Mason Knight won 6-0, 6-0 over Sam Frye and Jackson Dunlavy. Curtis is 23-3 and Knight is 21-3.
The Delta varsity, ranked 14th in the state, finished with a 20-4 record to go along with sectional, regional and conference titles. Seniors Tannon Dishman and Joel Ashman will play in the Indiana All-Star event on Nov. 3 at DePauw University.
The JV team finished 16-3 with the victory over a Mt Vernon junior varsity that was a perfect 16-0 entering the match.
Daniel Vencel, Cade Brown, Josef Zacek, Riley Windsor, Sam Arnold, Adam Altobella and Aidan Landis won singles matches. Jaigen Glaze/Ben Slavin, Devin McKinley/Walker Boyle and Kaiden Baty/Jordan Ashton won doubles matches.