Delta was swept by North Central in the semifinals of the IHSAA Boys Tennis Team State Tournament Saturday at North Central, bringing an end to what coach Tim Cleland described as a “storybook season.”
The Eagles played their closest matches on Saturday at No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles. No. 1 singles player Joe Wegener lost 7-5, 7-5 to the Panthers’ Ari Gerstein. Wegener, who played No. 1 singles on the Delta junior varsity team last season, finished 16-13 against a difficult No. 1 singles schedule this year and finished his season with what Cleland described as a strong match.
“It shows you a lot about Joe and his character,” Cleland said.
The No. 1 doubles team of Jay Robillard and Nick Wilson fell to Alex Bertolini and Patrick McAuley 7-6 (7), 6-3.
Robillard and Wilson were undefeated entering Saturday’s match, finishing the season 28-1. Their first set Saturday was the first set they lost all season.
McAuley is a defending state doubles champion, though he won his 2013 title with a different partner.
The other three courts were not as close. Jonathan Kroot defeated Jason Wegener 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. JT Wynne was too much for Alec Robillard at No. 3 singles, winning 6-2, 6-2.
Nathan Bercovitz and Abe Lahr won the No. 2 doubles match against Delta’s Jacob Brewer and Matt Hapner 6-1, 6-2.
Delta finished the year with a 25-1 team record. Cleland said that record is the second-highest win total in program history.
Jay Robillard and Wilson were the only seniors in the Eagles’ varsity lineup, and were also the only holdovers who saw consistent varsity action last season. Yet the new-look lineup was able to reach the state semifinals.
“Really excited for the kids to be able to do that, to stand toe-to-toe with the best there is in Indiana,” Cleland said.
North Central defeated Carmel 3-2 later Saturday to win the state championship.