ORIGINALLY WRITTEN JENNIFER PROFFITT
Hillsboro High School’s No. 1 doubles team of Becky Jantz and Amber Hefley took home 10th-place medals after the Class 3-2-1A state meet at Wichita Collegiate Oct 13-14.
In the first round, they defeated Koester/Stos of Hoisington 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, then lost in the second round to Rumisek/Francisco of Collegiate 3-6, 2-6.
The loss dropped the girls into the consolation bracket, where they lost to Hillman/Abbott of Wakeeney/ Trego 6-9, then defeated Matzen/ Webber of Conway Springs 9-4. In the third round, they lost to Keesee/ Schrum of Phillipsburg 4-9.
Coach Lonnie Isaac said, “Becky and Amber had a very solid year after starting 3-6. They ended the year by winning 17 of their next 24 matches including the regional championship. A 10th-place medal in state competition is something they should be very proud of.”
The number two doubles team of Megan Vogel/Candace Barkman lost in the first round to Wondra/Klug of Claflin 1-6, 1-6, then lost the first game of the consolation bracket to Keesee/Schrum of Phillipsburg 1-9.
Isaac said, “Megan and Candace were a big surprise for us in terms of getting to state. They beat a Mount Saint Scholastica team that was 12-3 and seeded No. 2 to get to state, so they obviously played their best tennis of the year at regionals.
“While they did not win a match at state, they gained valuable experience for the future.”