Harry Faber’s No. 1 singles title helped the Hillsboro tennis team to a fourth-place finish in the eight-team Trojan Invitational Friday at the Sports Complex.
The tournament had been postponed Tuesday because of weather.
Faber won his first title by defeating Blecha of Neodesha 8-0, David Kitzinger of Hesston Black 8-2 and Collin Martin of Hesston Red 8-4.
“Harry should feel good about how well he played,” coach Stuart Holmes said. “It is tough to win a tournament, so special congratulations to him. I thought Harry did an especially good job of adapting to the strong crosswind and still played excellent tennis on a consistent basis.”
In No. 2 singles, Daniel Gray placed fourth, defeating Tatum of Neodesha 8-0 in the first round, then losing to Isaac Anaya of Hesston Black in a tie-breaker 8-7 (7-5) and Caleb Hendricks of Sterling in the third-place match 8-4.
“Daniel continues to be very competitive at No. 2 singles and was almost in the finals,” Holmes said.
In No. 1 doubles, Tyler Funk and Jeff Pritchard lost 8-1 to Fyfe and Railsback of Neodesha in the first round, defeated O’Neil and Winter of Wichita Collegiate 8-1, then lost 8-6 to Wheeler and Fair of Sterling in the fifth-place match.
“Tyler and Jeff had a good win and almost came from behind to win their last match,” Holmes said.
In No. 2 doubles, Ty Carey and River Cecil placed seventh with a 1-2 record. They lost 8-0 to LeFevre and Jenson of Hesston Red and 8-3 to Khare and Carlson of Collegiate before defeating Tokala and Lucas of Wichita Independent 8-3.
“Ty and River continued their improvement and won a match for the second meet in a row,” Holmes said. “Their good attitude and enthusiasm helps overcome the fact that they just started playing tennis last season—which is years behind most people playing varsity tennis.”
Hesston Red and Hesston Black finished first and second with 64 and 53 points, respectively. They were followed by Sterling (51), Hillsboro (39), Independent (31), Neodesha (30) and Collegiate (15).
Coming—The Trojans were scheduled to compete at Hesston on Tuesday, then will head to Pratt Monday to compete in the Central Kansas League meet.