Tennis (Girls V)

Delphi Places Four Finalists in the Hoosier Heartland Conference Tourney & a New Tennis Scholarship is Started

By Kyle Cross | May 4, 2024 8:00 PM

The Delphi Lady Oracles Tennis Team once again had a great showing in the 2024 Hoosier Heartland Conference Tournament this Saturday. This was a beautiful, hot day with all six conference teams facing off against each other to be crowned conference champion and All-Conference. The six teams are Clinton Prairie, Taylor, Eastern, Carroll, Rossville, and Delphi. Delphi hosts the conference tourney every year. The conference tennis tournament is set up based on the positions in a varsity roster. Delphi earned a spot in the finals in four out of the five positions! How the Oracles fared: #1 singles Kylie Unger finished as runner up in three hard fought sets. #2 singles Abby Summers finished in 4th place. #3 singles Kylie McLeland finished as runner up. #1 doubles team of Ryn Zimpfer and Hannah Ladd finished as runner up. #2 doubles team of Ava Duval and Marlee Kerr finished as runner up. This marks the second year in a row that Delphi has placed several positions in the finals. The 2023 team had all five positions in the finals and earned three championships. This season it was Eastern who dominated and won all five of the finals. All Delphi varsity tennis players who competed in the HHC tourney this season are seniors. This group has accomplished a lot in their high school careers. Ryn Zimpfer has been a finalist in doubles all four years of her high school career and has earned one HHC championship. Kylie Unger has been in two finals and has won one championship at #2 singles and she was nearly a champion again this year at #1 singles. Kylie McLeland has been in the finals two times at #3 singles. Hannah Ladd has been in the finals two times and has earned one championship at #2 doubles. Ava Duval and Marlee Kerr were first time finalists. There was also a "Tennis Tailgate" fundraiser during the conference tourney to honor former Delphi tennis coach Jack Cross. The fundraiser was organized by some current tennis parents and Rivers Edge BBQ Co. Rivers Edge BBQ Co. prepared and sold smoked meat meals and all proceeds went to help start the Jack Cross Memorial Tennis Scholarship. Jack, known to tennis players as Coach Pop, was known for his kind smile, humor, encouraging nature, big heart, always caring for the people around him, and often seen watching tennis matches. Coach Pop was the father of current tennis coach, Kyle Cross.