Hillsboro tennis wins Sterling tourney, plays well at home

Placing its four entries either first or second in each division, Hillsboro claimed its first tennis tournament title of the season Thursday at Sterling.

The Trojans rolled up 34 points to finish ahead of Hutch Trinity (30), Sterling (23), St. John (6) and Kiowa County-Greensburg (6).

The Trojans? No. 2 singles and doubles entries took first while the No. 1 entries placed second.

After a tight 7-5 win over Sarah Brummett of Trinity, Emma Heyen breezed through No. 2 singles with a 4-0 record. She defeated Rachel Schmidt of Kiowa County 6-1, Ashley Smith of St. John 6-0, and Felicitas Becker of Sterling 6-0.

In No. 2 doubles, Hayley Pankratz and Aubrey Meier went 4-0 as well. In their opening match, they needed an 8-6 tiebreaker to defeat the St. John team of Sara Steinman and Kendra Spangenberg 7-6.

?It turned out to be the key victory for us,? coach Bob Woelk said.

The duo also beat Lindsey Carter and Kristen Nielsen of Sterling 6-2, Laina McMurry and Lisa Rempel of Kiowa County 6-1, and Brishna Flores and Allison Roberts of Hutchinson Trinity 6-3.

In No. 1 singles, Becky Faber lost to Trinity?s Lizzie Degner 6-3, then beat Gabi Carvalho of Kiowa County 6-2, Sara Waters of St. John 6-0 and Kacee Britton of Sterling 6-0 to place second.

The No. 1 doubles team of Elise Heyen and Courtney Weber only played three matches because Kiowa County did not have an entry. The Trojan pair defeated Trinity?s Emily Murillo and Jocelyn Lane 6-2, lost to Sterling?s Anna Brashear and Emily Hanes 6-4, then beat St. John?s Betsy Williamson and Racheal Davis 6-1.

?We battled gale force winds for the first hour or so, then things calmed down for a lovely evening,? Woelk said. ?It was enhanced even more by the fact that we won the meet.?

Hillsboro Invitational?Even though the Trojans won both doubles titles, the team finished third at the season-opening Hillsboro Invitational last Tuesday.

Hesston, which won only the No. 2 singles title, claimed team honors with 37 points. Wichita Collegiate was the runner-up with 34 points followed by Hillsboro 30, Pratt 20, Nickerson 15 and an ?unattached? team of junior varsity players with 14.

Becky Faber and Emma Heyen led the Trojan charge with a 3-0 day in No. 1 doubles. In pool play they defeated Katie Hart and Cara Riney of Pratt 8-1, then slipped past Danika Good and Morgan Schrock of Hesston 8-7 (9-7).

For the title, they defeated the winners of the other pool, Rachel Park and Abby Senseney of Collegiate, 8-1.

?The key for the doubles teams was experience,? coach Bob Woelk said. ?Both No. 1 and No. 2 were down a game at some point in their matches against Hesston. Becky and Emma were actually down late?maybe 6-5 and I believe 7-6?and also had to come back in the tiebreaker.?

In No. 2 doubles, Elise Heyen and Courtney Weber defeated Samantha Kettering and Hannah Taylor of Pratt 8-4, and Rachel Schmidt and Elisabeth Wilder of Hesston 8-6.

The Trojan duo then beat Megan Richardson and Diana Kim of Collegiate 8-3 to win the title.

?Elise and Courtney were down a game early in their match?around 4-3?then took two in a row to take the lead. They held a one-game lead until 8-6,? Woelk said. ?I was pleased that they didn?t get down on themselves when they had a bad point or service game.

?They all also adapted well to the windy conditions,? he added. ?Those are places where experience comes in.?

In No. 1 singles, Hayley Pan?kratz went 1-2 on the way to a fifth-place finish. She lost her pool matches to Lauren McClain of Pratt 8-2 and Rachel Shogren of Hesston 8-1, then defeated Rachel Schneider of Hillsboro (unattached) 8-3.

In No. 2 singles, Aubrey Meier followed a similar path, losing her pool matches to Brenda Sanchez of Hesston 8-4 and Adele Loomis of Pratt 8-5, then defeating Abby Shope of Hillsboro (unattached) 8-0 for fifth place.

As for Trojans playing as unattached opponents, Schneider went 0-3, Katie Claassen 1-2 and Shope 0-3 in singles, while Erin Winter and Peyton Loewen finished 1-2 in No. 2 doubles.

Coming?Hillsboro competes Thursday at Linds?borg with matches beginning at 10 a.m. On Saturday they play at Hesston, with a 9 a.m. start.

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