HHS tennis team sweeps Sterling doubles

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Becky Faber returns volley during her pool match against Anderson of Hesston, the eventual singles champion at the Hills?boro Invita?tional.

The Hillsboro girls? tennis team won both doubles flights at the Sterling Invitational Thursday.

Becky Faber and Emma Heyen teamed up to finish first in No. 1 doubles, winning all four matches and losing only five games all day.

?They played well together,? coach Bob Woelk said.

Hayley Pankratz and Elise Heyen also swept their matches in No. 2 doubles.

?I think our doubles teams are going to be our strength as I have the nice problem of trying to figure out the best combinations heading toward regionals in October,? Woelk said.

Meanwhile, Courtney Weber went 1-3 in No. 1 singles. She won her first match, 8-2, over Maci Colclazier of Greensburg, then lost 8-0 to Hutchinson Trinity?s Lizzie Degner, and 8-7 (7-5) in a tiebreaker to Katie Halzle from St. John. Weber?s last match was an 8-0 loss to Janel Prather of Sterling, one of the top players in the league.

?As this is her first season, it will take a little while for Courtney to gain her varsity legs,? Woelk said.

Aubrey Meier was slotted at No. 2 singles Thursday at Sterling. She went 1-3, but played some strong matches throughout the day.

She lost to Makena Unruh from Greensburg 8-6, then lost to Hutchinson Trinity?s Courtney Chacon 8-0, defeated St. Johns? Jesse Van Doren 8-7 (7-2), and lost her last match to Kacee Britton of Sterling 8-0.

At Hillsboro?The Trojans? varsity ?Maroon? team placed third and the junior-varsity ?Gold? team placed sixth at the season-opening Hillsboro Invitational Tuesday, Sept. 1.

Wichita Colligiate won the title with 45 points, followed by Hesston with 38, Hillsboro Maroon 33, Nickerson 24, Clay Center 8 and Hillsboro Gold 2.

The Maroon team?s best finishes were second-place in both No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles.

In No. 1 doubles, Elise Heyen and Courtney Weber lost 8-1 to Dunn and Funke of Collegiate in the first-place match. The Hillsboro pair got to that match by winning both of its matches in a three-team pool.

Their biggest win was an upset of Brubacher and Shogren, Hesston?s top doubles team, 8-7 (7-5). They also defeated Beutler and Bosch of Clay Center, 8-2.

In No. 2 singles, Emma Heyen dropped an 8-1 decision to Meeker of Collegiate in the title match. In pool play she defeated Keen of Clay Center 8-0 and Schrock of Hesston 8-2.

?She is serving and hitting well at the net right now and might be our most improved player,? Woelk said.

In No. 1 singles, Becky Faber placed third, defeating Combs of Nickerson 8-1 in the third-place match after going 1-1 in pool play.

The Maroon No. 2 doubles team of Aubrey Meier and Hayley Pankratz placed fourth, going 1-1 in pool play, then losing 8-3 to Barber and Henke of Nickerson in the third-place match.

For the HHS Gold team, freshman Peyton Loewen scored the team?s only points by placing fifth in No. 2 singles with a 1-2 mark.

Going 0-3 for the day were freshman Erin Winter in No. 1 singles, freshmen Lexus Sinclair and Rachel Schneider in No. 1 doubles and sophomore Callie Nickel and freshman Katie Claassen in No. 2 doubles.

JV tourney?Hillsboro competed in a JV meet Thursday at Hesston. Peyton Loewen and Lexus Sinclair finished third in No. 1 doubles, and Katie Claassen and Rachel Schneider were third in No. 2 doubles.

Coming?Hillsboro will compete at Smoky Valley Thursday and then Saturday at Hesston. The team will return to Hesston Tuesday for its third tournament in six days.

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