Facing another tough field, sophomore Allison Weber went 2-1 Saturday top place third in No. 1 singles at the eight-team Hesston Invitational.
Weber, 10-3 for the season, defeated Cora Anderson of Wichita Independent 8-5 in the first round, then lost to Ali Anderson of Hesston 8-0.
Coach Bob Woelk called Weber’s third-match 8-7 (7-4) win over Jessica Van Ranken of Smoky Valley “the match of the year so far for Hillsboro players.”
“Van Ranken lost to Anderson 8-4 in the finals of the Smoky Valley meet just two days earlier,” he said. “She is one of the top players in our league and will win quite a few more matches this year. That could help us with indirect wins at regional time, so this was a huge victory for Allison. It was the best she has played this season.”
Bailey Kaufman, stepping in to play No. 2 singles for the first time, lost 8-2 to McKenna Hammeke of Central Plains and 8-6 to Renee McBride of Independent before earning seventh place by virtue of a bye.
At No. 1 doubles, Erin Winter and Peyton Loewen lost to Hesston’s Rachel Shogren and Ashley Weaver 8-0, Katelyn Hageman and Abby Decker of Hesston 8-1 and Davis and St. Claire of Independent 8-1.
Lindsborg—Allison Weber rebounded from a second-round loss to win her next two matches and finish fifth in singles Thursday at the Smoky Valley Invitational.
Playing in one 16-player bracket, Weber opened with an 8-1 win over Rachel Sutter of Chapman, then lost 8-7 (8-4) in a close battle with Brianna Schartz of Central Plains.
Weber came back to defeat Madison Hoffman of McPherson in a second tie-breaker, 8-7 (7-2), and Annie Reinert of Smoky Valley, 8-2.
“At these meets, where a girl places depends largely on where that first loss comes,” coach Bob Woelk said. “She played four times, losing her second-round match to a girl she probably should have defeated. But these meets are learning experiences, and I think she will continue to become a smarter player.”
Also competing for Hillsboro in singles was Allison Gray, who lost 8-1 to Shelby Mathis of Chapman in the first round, then 8-2 to Krystian Enslinger of Hutch Trinity. After advancing with a bye to the next round, she lost 8-6 to Abby Decker of Hesston for 14th place.
In doubles, Erin Winter and Peyton Loewen also placed 14th. They lost 8-3 to Thurlow and Potter of Chapman, and 8-7 (7-2) to Reade and Walls of Trinity, then defeated teammates Claire Heyen and Bailey Kaufman 8-5 before losing to Garcia and Lanham of Trinity 8-4.
Heyen and Kaufman lost their first-round match 8-1 to Hekele and Hipp of Central Plains, the eventual champions, then lost 8-1 to Cassel and Petersen of Smoky Valley.
After the loss to Winter and Loewen, they lost 8-5 to May and Burghart of McPherson in the match for 15th place.
Coming—The Trojans will not be competing this week, but return to action Sept. 18 when they compete at Wichita Collegiate.
“Though these have been really tough meets lately, we need to get a little more production out of our seniors,” Woelk said. “I will likely be toying with some aspects of our lineup as we enter the second half of the season. I am seeing the need to mix things up a bit.”