Written by Don Ratzlaff Tuesday, 02 October 2012 14:40
Unveiling a tweaked lineup for the Central Kansas League tournament, the Hillsboro tennis team placed seventh out of nine teams Saturday at Hesston.
Hesston won the title with 78 points, followed by Pratt (66), Smoky Valley (57), Sterling (52), Lyons (32), Haven (25), Hillsboro (23), Kingman (15) and Nickerson (12).
“It is not that we purposely set out to do poorly as a team at league, but we made some sacrifices to set ourselves up better for regionals, which we consider much more important,” coach Bob Woelk said.
“I think we will benefit in regional seedings from not adding losses to our records,” he added. “We will see Lyons and Sterling at regionals.”
For the first time this year, Allison Weber, normally the No. 1 singles player, and Erin Winter played No. 1 doubles together and took fourth.
The Trojan twosome defeated Kaci Wilson and Sarah Wheeler of Sterling, 2-6, 6-1, (10-3 super tiebreaker), then lost to Hesston’s top-seeded team of Rachel Shogren and Ashley Weaver, 6-1, 6-2, and Smoky Valley’s Emma Anderson and Hannah Morrical, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
“The girls played fairly well,” Woelk said. “We had some lapses at times where I felt we didn’t play motivated tennis. But overall, I was happy with their efforts as a first-time doubles team. I anticipate they will go back to singles for the final meet of the year Tuesday at Abilene and for regionals on Friday and Saturday.”
At No. 2 doubles, Peyton Loewen teamed with Claire Heyen for the first time and went 1-2 for seventh place. They lost to Hesston’s Elizabethe Wilder and Caitlin King, 6-0, 6-0, and Lyons’ Kayla Reid and Jadyn Snyder, 9-8 (7-2 tiebreaker), then beat Haven’s Annika Miller and Ally Gunn, 9-2.
In No. 1 singles, Allison Gray lost to Kingman’s Madison Bayer, 9-7, in a play-in match. She also lost to Lyons’ Brittanie Eskut, 9-0, and Nickerson’s Victoria Smalling, 9-2.
“She played hard all day, but being a freshman in No. 1 singles was a tough spot,” Woelk said.
In No. 2 singles, Bailey Kaufman lost to Pratt’s Jade Hoover, 6-0, 6-1, and Nickerson’s Makenzie Nisly, 9-2, then beat Haven’s Haylee Nachtigal, 9-0, to finish seventh.
Coming—Hillsboro was scheduled to play Tuesday at Abilene, then will host the Class 3-2-1A regional Friday and Saturday at the Sports Complex.