Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 04 October 2011 16:47
Courtney Weber and Allison Weber outlasted Hesston to win the No. 1 doubles title at the Central Kansas League tournament Saturday in Lindsborg.
Coach Bob Woelk called the championship battle “one of the best tennis matches I’ve been involved with as a coach.”
“The two Weber girls just refused to give up,” he said. “After losing the first set, even I had my doubts about their chances late in the second set. I told them to dig deep, to gut it out because I could see the Hesston girls were beginning to get frustrated and were making more and more unforced errors.
“I have never seen such court coverage from any duo I have coached. They were everywhere.”
The Trojan sisters defeated Vanessa Agbo and Sarah Wheeler of Sterling 6-0, 6-0, and Grace Fellhoelter and Dani Willliams of Pratt 6-2, 6-0 to reach the championship match against the Swathers’ Rachel Shogren and Ashley Weaver.
The Webers lost the first set 3-6, but came back to take the next two in dramatic fashion 7-6 (9-7), 7-5.
“Courtney’s net play was outstanding, and she played the big-sister role perfectly, making sure they both stayed focused,” Woelk said.
“I could not be happier for Courtney to take the league title in her senior year.
“People who do not follow area high school tennis will probably not understand the significance of this win, but I had to pinch myself afterward to believe that what I saw had just happened. I hope this positive energy carries over for the whole team going into regionals at Wichita next weekend.”
In No. 2 doubles, the Trojan team of Erin Winter and Peyton Loewen placed fourth, defeating Audrey Tate and Jessica Shaddin of Haven 6-3, 6-4 (7), then losing to Danika Good and Morgan Schrock of Hesston 6-2, 6-0, and Samantha Kettering and Hannah Taylor of Pratt 6-2, 6-4.
In No. 1 singles, Katie Claassen lost a play-in match against Jamie Wolfe of Haven 9-2, then lost to Jessie Ranken of Kingman 9-0.
In No. 2 singles, Bailey Kaufman lost a play-in match to Samantha Rohlman of Kingman 9-2, then lost to Lindsie Hendriks of Haven 9-1.
As a team, the Trojans finished fifth behind Hesston (70), Pratt (62), Smoky Valley (59) and Lyons (40), and ahead of Sterling (28), Haven (23), Nickerson (17) and Kingman (13).
Coming—The Trojans were scheduled to compete at Abilene Tuesday. They will then travel to Wichita for the Class 3-2-1A regional tournament Friday.