Hillsboro sophomore Allison Weber took first Thursday in No. 1 singles at Sterling in a four-team, round-robin format. Her three wins raised her season record to 5-1.
Weber beat Joy Fesen of Hutchinson Trinity 7-0, Racheal Davis of St. John 7-1 and took down Ryce Stuckey of Sterling 7-1.
“Stuckey is a good player, but Allison fed her a steady diet of deep shots and covered the court extremely well,” coach Bob Woelk said. “We need to continue to work on delivering more winners and hitting the ball harder in order to shorten points.”
In No. 2 singles, Allison Gray placed third. She lost 7-1 to Jocelyn Lane of Trinity, defeated Martesia Tyrus of St. John 7-3, then lost to Sterling’s Mac Thrasher 7-3.
“Allison made some good shots in that loss (to Thrasher),” Woelk said. “She just needs to become more consistent—a typical problem for a freshman.”
The No. 1 doubles team of Erin Winter and Peyton Loewen also took third. The duo lost 7-5 to Trinity’s Grace Suter and Katelyn Robinson, beat Tyler Dove and Katelyn Spangenberg of St. John 7-3, then lost another close match 7-5 to Kaci Wilson and Sarah Wheeler of Sterling.
In No. 2 doubles, Bailey Kaufman and Claire Heyen lost to Trinity’s Candace Strawn and Madison Fisher 7-4, then lost a heartbreaker to Yvonne Ortiz and Audrey Mercer of St. John 7-6 (7-5) and dropped a 7-2 decision to Sterling’s Emma Lambert and Shelbi Fenwick.
“Overall, we had some positive moments at the meet,” Woelk said. “Certainly, Allison Weber’s wins were a highlight. The other girls need to continue to work on getting stronger, especially on key points. We also double faulted away some games. That can’t happen if we expect to contend.”
Woelk said the competition will get stronger as the team travels to Lindsborg for a meet Thursday and Hesston Saturday.
“These meets will go a long way to understanding how strong we may be this year,” Woelk said.
Hillsboro—The Trojans opened their season Aug. 25 with a fourth-place finish in a competitive field of six teams at the Hillsboro Invitational.
Wichita Collegiate claimed the title with 46 points, followed by Hesston (37), Pratt (31), Hillsboro (26), Haven (6) and Nickerson (4).
The format assigned the schools to one of two three-team pools. Each pool completed a round-robin cycle; won-loss records determined players’ placement in the medal round.
Trojan sophomore Allison Weber emerged from her pool in No. 1 singles with a 2-0 record. She defeated Samantha Stallbaumer of Haven, 8-2, and Brenda Sanchez of Hesston, 8-3.
Weber then played her counterpart from the other pool, Collegiate’s Jaya Mantavani, for the championship, but lost 8-4.
“Jaya Mantavani was tough, but Allison adjusted and started giving her some trouble late in the match,” coach Bob Woelk said. “It was good to play against someone who was such a strong hitter.”
The other three Trojan entries placed fourth in their respective divisions, each going 1-1 in pool play, then losing in the medal round.
In No. 2 singles, Allison Gray lost 8-2 to Hesston’s Katelyn Hageman, then defeated Haylee Nachtigal, 8-5. In the third-place match, she lost to Katie Nussbaum of Collegiate, 8-0.
“It was fun watching freshman Allison get her first varsity win,” Woelk said. “She lost two, but she made some good shots and learned some things.”
In No. 1 doubles, Erin Winter and Peyton Loewen lost 8-1 to Elizabeth Wilder and Caitlin King of Hesston, then defeated Amanda Reichenberger and Mary Emile-Wagler of Haven, 8-6. In the third-place match, the Trojan duo lost to Lauren McClain and Dani Williams of Pratt, 8-0.
In No. 2 doubles, Bailey Kaufman and Claire Heyen defeated Annika Miller and Ally Gunn of Haven, 8-4, but lost to Ashlyn Good and Bailey Barker of Hesston, 8-5. In the third-place match the Trojan twosome lost 8-2 to Allicia Hall and Elee Hampton of Pratt.
“I felt like we missed some opportunities to pick up more wins with both doubles teams,” Woelk said. “We just need to get stronger, and Bailey and Claire need some time to learn to play together.”
Coming—This week the Trojans will compete Thursday at the Smoky Valley Invitational and Saturday at the Hesston Invitational. Start times are 10 a.m. and 9 a.m., respectively.