Delta’s girls tennis season came to an end Tuesday with a 3-2 loss to Marion in the Marion Regional.
The No. 15 Eagles (18-4) picked up victories at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles, but fell at each of the other three positions in the loss to the No. 22 Giants (15-3).
With her victory at No. 1 singles, Delta’s Madison Ashman remains alive in the individual tournament. Ashman won her match 7-6, 6-3 on Tuesday, and is 23-2 for the season and 3-0 in the postseason. Ashman rallied from a 4-0 deficit in first set on Tuesday en route to victory. She will face Winchester’s Grace Retter today at Marion in the individual sectional tournament.
Sarah Ogle and Emily Decker provided the Eagles’ other win, picking up a 6-1, 6-0 victory at No. 2 doubles.
Delta coach Tim Cleland said he was pleased with the way his team performed this season with a mostly inexperienced roster. Ashman returned after playing No. 1 singles last year, but several other positions turned over after last season.
Cleland said he believed his team was initially highly-ranked only because of its pedigree, but the Eagles played their way into such a ranking as the season continued.
“I feel like our team overachieved from the beginning of the season,” Cleland said.
Wolfert/Smith, Jay County fall
Yorktown’s Katie Wolfert and Blair Smith fell to Mississinewa 6-3, 6-4 in an individual sectional doubles match at Marion. Wolfert and Smith ended their season with a 20-6 record.
“Very proud of them, they fought hard all year long, great leadership from both of them on the team as well,” Yorktown coach Bob Darby said. “So it’s a great No. 1 doubles team.”
Darby said the pair was notorious for starting slowly this season, a trend that proved detrimental in the first set on Tuesday. He described the second set as a well-played set from both sides that Smith and Wolfert happened to lose.
Jay County was swept 5-0 by No. 28 Pendleton Heights at the Marion Regional, ending the Patriots’ season.