HHS doubles team wins regional title

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN DON RATZLAFF
For the second year in a row, the Hillsboro High doubles team of Lora Andrews and Amanda Faber qualified for the Class 3-2-1A tournament as regional champions.

The duo won the title Thursday with four straight wins at the regional tournament in Prairie Village near Kansas City.

The pair defeated Christy Klein and Courtney Duryea of Sabetha, 6-2, 6-1, Woldean and Whitson of Neodesha, 6-0, 6-0, Leigh Sutherland and Catherine Farris of Kansas City Christian, 6-0, 6-0, and then Heidi Boese and Miranda Weaver in the title match, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

“Lora and Amanda had a great day,” coach Lynn Wiebe said. “Although they had a bit of a slow start, giving up three games in the first match, they breezed through their next two rounds without giving up a game to get to the championship match.”

Their win over Hesston’s Boese and Weaver was the third in four meetings this year.

“It was a great match and I was extremely pleased with how Lora and Amanda were able to maintain their focus and intensity throughout the match.”

Hillsboro’s other entries at regionals fell short of qualifying for state.

The Trojan doubles team of Audrey Weinbrenner and Greta Wiebe defeated Sarah Showalter ad Ashley Wells of Marantha Academy, 6-1, 6-0, then were eliminated in the quarterfinals by Katie Anderson and Anna Schmidt of Hesston, 4-6, 4-6.

In singles, Lauren Just won her opening match against Abby Livengood of Sabetha, 6-2, 6-3, but then lost in the quarterfinals to Shannon Franz of Hesston, 0-6, 3-6. Chelsey Harmon lost her opening-round match to Nicole Schilling of Sabetha, 1-6, 0-6.

“Both Lauren Just in singles and Audrey Weinbrenner and Greta Wiebe in doubles lost in the qualifying round,” Coach Wiebe said. “Although it was disappointing to not have qualified both of these, they have all played well throughout the season.”

In the battle for the team title, Hillsboro placed third with seven points. KCC won with 12 points, followed by Hesston with 11.

Trailing Hillsboro were Sabetha with 2 points, Alma-Wabaunsee, Maranatha, Neodesha and Colgan with 1 point each, and Maur Hill and Fredonia with no points.

Coming-Andrews and Faber (21-5) will have whatever advantage a home court might bring when the Class 3-2-1A state tournament comes to the Sports Complex in Hillsboro on Friday and Saturday.

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