Delta’s boys’ tennis team began pursuit of its 28th straight sectional title with a 5-0 shutout victory over Yorktown on Thursday evening in windy, cool conditions at the DHS courts.
The 28th-ranked Eagles moved to 18-5 overall and will face Muncie Burris for the championship at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Delta yielded only 17 games to the Tigers in the semifinal match.
Senior Tanner Southerland won 6-0, 6-2 over Yorktown senior Mason Minniear at No. 1 singles. Southerland continues to put together a strong senior year as he is now 18-5 for the season after going 15-11 at No. 1 singles a year ago.
Senior Josef Zacek also played a strong match, winning 6-2, 6-2 over John Hicks at No. 2 singles. Zacek is 11-10 this fall.
At No. 3 singles, junior Adam Altobella cruised to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Anton Isaacs. Altobella improved his record to 16-6.
Senior Brandon Jackson and junior Walker Boyle were tested in the first set by Yorktown sophomores Ethan Darby and Raphael Sabijon before rattling off seven games in a row to win 6-4, 6-0. Jackson is 21-2 while Boyle is 12-1 this fall after missing several matches in quarantine.
The victory was No. 72 of Jackson’s career, which ties him with his uncle, Daniel Jackson, a doubles standout from 1998 to 2001.
At No. 2 doubles, seniors Riley Windsor and Jordan Ashton won 6-2, 6-3 to complete the sweep. They are now 16-5 for the season.
Delta has won every sectional championship from 1993 through 2019. In 23 of those 27 seasons, the Eagles also have won the regional championship.