Delta's Lady Panthers won three doubles matches and one singles match to edge the visiting Montrose Indians on Mar. 15.
Delta got off to a slow start as the Lady Indians captured the one and two singles' matches to begin the day.
Photo by Wayne Crick
Delta’s Becca Korthuis pounds the ball for a point while her one doubles partner Mariah Martin watches the action. Delta took on Montrose on Mar. 15 and scored a 4-3 victory. Korthuis and Martin won their match 6-2, 6-1.
Alaisa Melgoza looked as though she would have her way with Montrose's Hailee Phillips after winning the first set 6-3. But Phillips rebounded for a 7-5 second-set win and then edged Melgoza 6-4 in the third set for the win.
Melgoza, a winner last week, has played tennis four years at Delta High School and has been a varsity player for three of those years. Delta tennis coach Christina Curtis was pleased Melgoza had attended organized workout over the summer to improve her game.
At two singles, Sabrina Archibeque couldn't get her game on track as she fell to Montrose's Alyssa Arellano by scores of 6-2 and 6-1. Archibeque is another three-year varsity player for Curtis who attended the majority of summer workouts and has gotten a lot better for her work ethic according to Curtis.
The lone win in singles play came at number three singles with Diana Ortega playing her way to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Diana Garcia.
Delta's one doubles team of Miriah Martin and Becca Korthuis (2-0) had little trouble defeating Montrose's two doubles duo of Coleen Edwards and Erica Decker 6-2 and 6-1.
At two doubles, Delta's Annaly Ruiz and Barbara Gutierrez (1-1) outplayed Montrose's Sidney Taylor and Sara Gladding 6-3, 7-5.
Montrose scored a narrow win (7-6, 7-5) over the Panthers' team of Elise Scates and Rachel Tallent in three doubles play. It was the first win of the season for the Montrose pair with Scates falling to 0-2 and Tallent 0-1.
Emily Kuta (1-0) and Carmen Fausto (1-1) scored a dramatic win over Angelica Nevarez and Katie Mertz 6-2 and 7-5 to earn the match and team win.
Coach Curtis was pleased with her teams' play. "This was an excellant match against two pretty even teams. It was a lot of fun to watch. The team win came down to the four doubles position. Emily (Kuta) and Carmen (Fausto) won the first set easily, 6-2. Then, to start the second set, Montrose started playing a lot better and went up 5-2. Delta's girls battled back and were able to win five games ina arow to win the set 7-5 and match. I was so proud of thses girls and the way they focused and fought back."
In a practice session the day before their match with Montrose, we did a drill that taught our players how to focus and be consistent when they were tired and frustrated. "I felt like the work our girls did in that drill transferred over to our match against Montrose to help us get the win."
Delta faced Central's junior varsity on Tuesday (Mar. 20) and those results will appear in next week's paper. Delta's second match of the week will be against Glenwood Springs this Saturday (Mar. 24) in Delta. Matches are slated to begin at 10 a.m.