Mike Chastain, Delta's head tennis coach, recently spoke about his 2017 edition of Panther tennis.
The Panther tennis team has 32 members, led by seniors Meysa Mulfor, Lizzy Ward, Hannah Branson, Lupita Portillo and Cassidy Parker. The varsity also includes Makayla Miramontes at 1 singles, Elena Melgoza, Lucy Streich, Peyton Schuster, Pascalina Early, Shyanne Steel and Kaleigh Nethington.
"Individually all the players have improved and played very well," noted Chastain.
At the beginning of the year there were no clear cut favorites to lead the team. After dozens of challenge matches and the first six contests the positions were filled with the top 11 players. "Our JV team is the best and most competitive group I have had," says Chastain.
Chastain is joined this season by daughter Sarah, who has coached the junior varsity team this season. The JV season ends this Friday with a tournament taking place in Delta. The varsity regional tournament will take place at Canyon View Courts in Grand Junction on May 5 and 6.
Last week's match against visiting Glenwood Springs was a 4-3 loss.
Miramontes lost to Glenwood's Avery Nieslanik 4-6, 6-2 (10-6) and Cassidy Parker fell to Savannah Kelley 6-4, 6-1 in 2 singles play. Mulford lost her 3 singles match to Nina Aley 3-6, 0-6.
Delta's Portillo and Melgoza defeated Emilie Nilssel and Chance Bolis 6-4, 6-3 in one doubles action. The Panthers' 2 doubles team, Nethington and Earley, lost just one set in a 6-1, 6-0 win over Ei Yelico and Jaden Cakilletti. Glenwood's Eli Saurez and Jessica Hahn scored a tiebreaker win over Branson and Steel. The scores were 3-6, 6-4 (10-3).
Delta's 4 doubles team of Schuster and Streich upped its season record to 9-1 with an evenly played match, 7-6, 7-6, 7-5 and 7-5 against Sawyer Ross and Rosalie Polvin. The lone loss for Schuster and Streich was to Steamboat Springs when Schuster played ill and the Panthers lost a close match to the Sailors. The two players were adamant about keeping their winning streak alive.