Andrews, Faber lead Hillsboro tennis team to fifth place finish

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
Lora Andrews and Amanda Faber combined to win the doubles competition at the Hesston Invitational on Saturday, leading the Trojans to a tie for fifth place with Sacred Heart in the team standings,

In only the second time they’ve played as a doubles team, the Trojan duo defeated Roark and Patel from Wichita Independent in the championship match, 8-7 (7-4).

To get there, they defeated Robertson and Klassen of Hesston, 8-1, and Niewandt and Brown of Independent, 8-6.

“This was a great win for those two,” said coach Lynn Wiebe. “They are doing a very good job strategically and are able to make some tough shots when the going gets tough.

“The Hesston tournament is a tough tournament, including Wichita Independent and Wichita Collegiate. These girls beat both of the Wichita Independent teams entered in this tournament.”

Hillsboro’s other doubles team, Audrey Weinbrenner and Greta Wiebe lost to Mikinsky and Schwartz of Sacred Heart, 3-8, in the opening round, then to Loucks and Kuhns of Hesston Black, 5-8, before defeating Pomeroy and Anderson of Hesston Black, 8-7 (7-4).

“Audrey and Greta played fairly well together,” said the Trojan coach. “However, they need to work on closing the gap when one of them is at the net and other is back at the baseline. They are hitting the ball with power and are playing more intently.”

Danielle Hagen and Amber Loewen played singles for Hillsboro.

Hagen placed eighth, beating Rachel Steuder of Claflin, 8-1, then losing to Kate O’Shaughnessy of Collegiate, 6-8, Samantha Schoenhoffer of Collegiate, 7-8 (5-7) and Carolyn Klenda of Sacred Heart, 6-8.

“Danielle Hagen won her first round and had to turn around and play one of the doubles state champions from Wichita Collegiate in her second round,” Wiebe said.

Loewen went 0-3 on the day, losing to Andrea Brichacek of Hesston Red, 2-8, Anna Schmidt of Hesston Black, 5-8, and Kristine Koetting of Sacred Heart, 6-8.

“This was Amber’s first try in singles at the varsity level,” Wiebe said. “Although Amber did not win a match, she is a very focused and determined player and has improved a lot already this season.”

Wichita Independent won the tournament with 70 points, Collegiate followed with 44 points, Claflin and Hesston Red 39, Hillsboro and Sacred Heart 29 and Hesston Black 8.

Smoky Valley Invitational

Amanda Faber captured the No. 1 singles title to lead the Hillsboro High School tennis team to a fourth-place finish at the Smoky Valley High School Tennis Invitational Thursday in Lindsborg.

The Trojan sophomore defeated Keri Kenning of Hutchinson Trinity, 8-0, in the opening round, then followed up with an 8-6 win over Andrea Brichacek in the semifinals and defeated Claflin’s Samantha Hickel in the finals, 8-2.

“Amanda played extremely well,” coach Lynn Wiebe said. “She hit the ball very solid all day long. She did a good job of mixing things up with deep drives to the corners and then a little chip shot just over the net. She played all aspects of the game well.”

Her title contributed 14 points to Hillsboro team total of 30, which placed them behind first-place Smoky Valley with 38, Claflin 35 and Hesston 31.

Following the Trojans were McPherson with 24, Hutchinson Trinity 18, Abilene 16 and Chapman 6.

In No. 2 doubles, Hillsboro’s duo of Lora Andrews and Danielle Hagen finished fourth. They opened with an 8-6 win over Copeland and Reith of McPherson, then lost to Hubele and Banks of Smoky Valley, 2-8, and Boese and Weaver of Hesston, 4-8.

“Lora and Danielle got a nice win in the first round against the McPherson doubles team,” Wiebe said.

In No. 2 singles, Lauren Just lost her opening round to Caitlin Armstrong of Chapman, 6-8, before coming back to beat Aislinn Maier of McPherson, 8-2, and Becca Roelofsen of Abilene, 8-5, to take fifth place.

The Trojans’ No. 2 doubles team of Audrey Weinbrenner and Greta Wiebe also placed fifth. They lost in the first round to Gant and Linenberger of Smoky Valley, 2-8, then defeated Marrs and Froelich of Claflin, 8-7 (7-5) and Baker and Guilfoyle of Abilene, 8-5.

“The team continues to work on improving its intensity,” Wiebe said.

Junior varsity-The Hillsboro junior varsity defeated Hesston, 9-0, and Sterling, 8-1, in a triangular Thursday at Hillsboro.

Competing for Hillsboro were Chelsey Harmon, Tessa Simpson, Julia Loewen, Anna Woelk, Maria Loewen, Kelsey Bartel and Clara Ens.

“The competition from both Hesston and Sterling was not very high, but I was pleased that we kept most of the scores at 6-0 and 6-1 and did not allow them to win any more games,” coach Lynn Wiebe said.

“Sometimes it’s hard to win games against lesser opponents and not play down to their level.”

Coming-The HHS varsity will compete at the Circle Invitational on Thursday. Matches in Towanda begin at 3 p.m.

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