The Hillsboro tennis team opened its season Thursday with a third-place finish among four teams at the Conway Springs quadrangular meet.
Hillsboro scored 12 team points to trail the home team with 20 points and McPherson JV with 17, and finish ahead of Wichita Trinity with 11.
Grant Shewey went 2-1 in No. 1 singles in the round-robin format. He defeated Burger of Conway Springs, 8-3, and Pearson of McPherson JV, 8-3, and lost to Brewer of Wichita Trinity, 7-8 (2-7).
The No. 1 doubles team of Taylor Hagen and Jarod Hamm went 2-1, losing to Conway Springs, 3-8, then defeating McPherson JV, 8-7 (7-2), and Wichita Trinity, 8-1.
In No. 2 singles, Jesse Allen went 0-3, losing to Trifiletti of Conway Springs, 3-8; to Spencer of McPherson JV, 2-8; and to Wichita Trinity 7-8 (3-7).
Sam Bookless and Jonathan King, playing No. 2 singles, went 0-3 with an 0-8 loss to Conway Springs, 3-8 to McPherson JV and 0-8 to Wichita Trinity.
?It was a good start to the season,? coach Stuart Holmes said. ?Our three returning lettermen (Hagen, Hamm, Shewey) played well.
?It was particularly good to see Taylor and Jarod play better with each match, win a tie-breaker in their second match and then finish strong in the last one.?
These were the first varsity matches for Bookless and King and the first match ever for Allen, who is in his first year with the program.
Coming?Hillsboro was scheduled to compete at Linds?borg Tuesday, then will host its first home invitational Thursday at the Sports Complex. Matches begin at 3 p.m.