The Delhi High tennis team is on verge of making history. The co-ed team could be the first athletic squad to bring home a Sac-Joaquin Section Championship for the Hawks.
The team is now just one victory away after No. 1 Delhi clinched a spot in the D-II SJS Championship game following a close 5-4 win over No. 4 Colfax on Wednesday afternoon from home.
“Proud of them… They were all so excited,” said head coach Felipe Espino.” They want this, they are hungry, they are playing well and together… nothing more than I can ask for as a coach. Also, first time a SAL team made it to the section final in tennis, always been another league, never one of our league members.”
With eight courts at Delhi, they were able to finish all but one match.
After an intense seven matches, Colfax led 4-3.
All they needed to do was win one more to advance to the section finale.
Instead, Delhi made an unforgettable run.
“At 4-4, last up was mixed doubles and second girls doubles, and we ended up winning. They needed one more and we needed to win those two,” said Espino. “Mixed was a tiebreaker, then the girls doubles won, split, but in the end, they ended up winning on the third set after losing the first one.”
In the end, it was up to the No. 2 girls doubles.
“With all the opposing changes, I am so proud of our guys, we are now seeing the competition. No. 3 Amador is next,” said Espino. “We are not taking it for granted, these moments are not given. We cannot underestimate anyone we play against. We have to play well and smart and be consistent and at the end of the day it is fun. I want them to play tennis lifelong, I want them to play the rest of their lives. That would be a good memory for them and we are one big family, that is the thing with our team, all classmates get along no matter the grade.”
Delhi has won the Southern League Championship the last three seasons.
During that stretch, they are 22-0.
The SJS Championship game will take place from Oak Park Tennis Center at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.