Hagen loses first two matches of the season

An off match in the opening round cost Hillsboro’s No. 1 singles player, Michael Hagen, a high finish at the Tournament of Champions hosted by Wichita Collegiate Saturday.

Hagen, who lost to Preboth of Collegiate 7-8 in the first round, was off his normal game, said coach Lonnie Isaac.

Hagen came back to win his last four matches to finished 4-1 and in seventh place.

Caleb Dirks was 0-3 in No. 2 singles and did not place.

In No. 1 doubles, the Trojan tandem of Jared Hefley and Brandon Ratzlaff won their first two matches before finishing 2-3 on the day.

Adam Driggers and Tyler Weinbrenner were 0-3 in No. 2 doubles.

Team scores were not available.

Earlier in the week, Hillsboro tied for third place out of 12 teams at the Hesston Invitational on Tuesday.

Hagen lost the No. 1 singles championship match to T.J. Martin of Wichita Trinity, 6-8, for his first defeat of the season.

The Hillsboro senior won his first three matches to get into the finals.

Driggers was 1-2 for Hillsboro, and did not not place in No. 2 singles.

In No. 1 doubles, Hefley and Ratzlaff made it to the championship match with three straight wins before falling to Watson and Miller of Haven, 4-8, to finish second. The Trojans’ No. 2 team of Jesse Janzen and Weinbrenner finished 2-3.

“These two have been really tough meets for us, and it is what we need to help prepare us for league and regionals,” Isaac said.

“Our No. 1 doubles have continued to improve throughout the season and have picked up some very solid wins the past two weeks.”

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