Allison Weber led the Hillsboro tennis team by placing second at a competitive Trojan Invitational home tournament Thursday.
The sophomore placed second in No. 1 singles by defeating Victoria Smalling of Nickerson 8-0 and Ryce Stuckey of Sterling 8-5 before losing in the title match to Mary Meeker of Wichita Collegiate, 8-4.
Coach Bob Woelk said the win over Stuckey was particularly significant because Hillsboro likely will face Sterling in regionals. Weber had defeated Stuckey earlier in the season, and a loss would have offset that win for seeding purposes.
In No. 2 singles, Erin Winter placed sixth, losing to Sydney Breault of Circle 8-3, defeating Dani Medrano of Wichita Independent 8-5, then finishing with an 8-4 loss to Makenzie Nisly of Nickerson.
“Independent could be in our regional,” Woelk said. “I am pleased with Erin’s move to singles. She will most likely play there for the last couple of meets.”
Both Hillsboro doubles teams placed seventh. At No. 1, Peyton Loewen and Allison Gray lost 8-0 to the eventual champions, Davis and Anderson of Independent, and Connell and Jaax of Circle 8-1 before defeating Strickler and Latham of Nickerson 8-1.
At No. 2, Claire Heyen and Bailey Kaufman lost to Garcia and Lanham of Hutchinson Trinity 8-1 and Karlin and Garcia of Independent 8-0 before defeating Dixon and Riemann of Nickerson 8-3.
As a team, Hillsboro finished seventh. Chapman won with 49 points followed by Sterling (43), Circle (40), Collegiate (39), Trinity (38), Independent (33), Hillsboro (27) and Nickerson (6).
“Overall, our players have improved in serving, and we are making some good decisions on the court, but we need to make timely shots,” Woelk said. “We are losing too many deuce games and close matches.”
Collegiate—Allison Weber was the runner-up in No. 1 singles Sept. 18 at Wichita. She opened with an 8-1 win over Hefley of Wellington, then beat Sarnacki of Winfield 8-5. In the title match against Collegiate’s Mary Meeker, Weber was down 6-4 before winning three straight games to take a 7-6 lead.
Meeker came back to force the tiebreaker. The girls were tied at 6-6 before Meeker won the final two points for the win.
“I was proud of the fact that Allison did not give up in that match,” coach Bob Woelk said. “She frustrates her opponents with her consistency. She is not flashy, but she gets to nearly every ball.”
Woelk debuted a new lineup at this event. Erin Winter moved from No. 1 doubles to No. 2 singles. She lost 8-2 to Fink of Wellington and 8-4 to Mellinger of Newton before defeating Davied of Neodesha 8-3.
At No. 1 doubles were Peyton Loewen and Bailey Kaufman. They lost 8-0 to Briggs and Morris of Salina Central, 8-1 to Collins and Jenkins of Wellington, and 8-4 to Newland and Wittum of Neodesha.
Hannah Funk and Lea Davidson made their varsity debut at No. 2 doubles. They lost to Whaley and Adams of Wellington 8-0, Lybarger and Butler of Winfield 8-0, and Depew and Busch of Neodesha 8-3.
Coming—After the busy week, Allison Weber is now 14-5 in singles; four of the losses have been to players from Class 4A or higher.
“I have been pleased with her progress,” coach Bob Woelk said.
The Trojans were schedule to play Tuesday at Circle and will compete in the Central Kansas League tournament Saturday at Hesston. Matches begin at 9 a.m.