BY DAVE PEDERSEN
If Delano defeated Litchfield Tuesday after this issue went to press, the tennis team will have won an amazing eighth straight Wright County Conference championship.
That also means that coach Kim Finn has not lost a league match since 2005. It appeared the streak could end this year after the Tigers graduated eight of the top 10 players from the team that went 15-1, with the only loss coming in the Section 2AA championship match against state power Minnetonka.
Several young and talented players helped the team do better than coach Finn expected, including all four singles players being ninth-grader. That means the win streak could last a little longer.
The conference meet scheduled for Delano and Mound-Westonka Friday, Sept. 27 has been changed to Thursday, Sept. 26 played at Orono and Mound-Westonka.
The reason is because a consolation bracket was added this season and Delano has eight courts compared to 12 at Orono. However, Orono has the Homecoming football game scheduled against Delano Friday, so the tennis event was moved to 9 a.m. Thursday.
Finn said she will make one lineup change, moving Katie Schleif from No. 2 singles to doubles because of a shoulder problem. There would be less serving and physical stress playing doubles in more matches needed at a tournament.
In the league tourney, Ginger Valentine will play at first singles and Kitty Bonine moves up a spot to second singles. Steph Almquist moves up from fourth to third singles.
The strength of the squad has been with the doubles teams. Cassy Finn and Tayler Hedtke are undefeated at first doubles as are Alex Schreyer and Jackie Damberg at second doubles.
The other doubles team at the WCC tourney could involve Hayley Griffith and Amy Max, who recently returned from injury.
The volleyball team improved to 8-2 with victories over Watertown-Mayer and Annandale. Kill leaders against WM were Shelby Seurer 18, Alex Wittinger 14 and Tori Hanson 10. Kristin Kreklow had 39 set assists.
Against Annandale, Wittinger led with 12 kills, followed by Hanson 8 and Seurer 7, while Kreklow added 28 set assists.
The Tigers play at the Chanhassen tournament Saturday, Sept. 28 and is home to Holy Family Tuesday, Oct. 1.
Soccer teams at home
Boys soccer lost 1-0 to Buffalo Saturday when fouls were 24-4 in favor of Buffalo. Coach John Bergh said only half of the possible fouls were called.
The team lost to conference leader and undefeated Waconia 3-0. Delano ends regular season with home games against Holy Family Sept. 26, Mound-Westonka Oct. 1 and Hutchinson Oct. 3.
Girls soccer lost its only game last week, 3-0 to Waconia. Delano is home to Mound-Westonka Oct. 1 and to Hutchinson Oct. 3 to end the regular season. The team is 4-4-1.