Delta wins 20th HHC girls tennis title

The HHC champion Delta girls tennis team.

The Delta Eagles went 7-0 in the Hoosier Heritage Conference to clinch the team’s 20th girls tennis championship.

Delta won each match with a 5-0 mark.

The Eagles also won their ninth consecutive HHC title. Since joining the HHC in 1997-98, the school has won the conference girls tennis title every year except 2009.

The Eagles (15-3) are also one of two HHC schools to win their respective sectional titles. Mt. Vernon (17-3) also won a sectional title. It was Delta’s ninth straight and 26th in the last 27 years. MV won its fifth straight sectional and eighth in its last nine years.

MV was second in the HHC with a 6-1 mark.

All three of Delta’s losses were top Top 10 teams – Center Grove, Hamilton Southeastern and South Bend St. Joseph.

This year’s Delta squad is led by junior Ellie Snider, an All-State singles player from a year ago. She is 15-6 this season so far.  Her sister, senior Emma Snider, owns an 18-3 record at No. 2 singles after being All-State doubles last season.  Freshman Tynan Dishman is 17-4 at No. 3 singles.

Seniors Lexie Manor and Grace Belangee are 18-3 in their first season together at No. 1 doubles. The Eagles also are 18-3 at No. 2 doubles, where senior Kortney Helm, junior Mayzie Hinkle, and freshman Maggie Manor have shared time all season.

Delta will face Mississinewa Tuesday in the opening round of the Marion regional. The Eagles are trying to reach the IHSAA State Finals for the third time in girls’ tennis and eighth time overall in coach Tim Cleland’s 52 seasons of coaching Delta boys’ and girls’ tennis. Mt. Vernon faces Cathedral Tuesday in the opening round of the North Central regional.

The HHC champion Delta girls tennis team.

2018 Girls Tennis Standings