In its first competitive event of the season, the Trojan tennis team placed seventh among the eight schools competing at the Hillsboro Invitational April 6 at the Sports Complex.
Limited by a three-player roster, Hillsboro did manage to score 14 points for the day.
Dakota Klein finished sixth in No. 1 singles with a 1-3 record. The junior lost 8-0 to Kyler Comley of Sterling in the first round, defeated Chris Lockwood of Chapman, 8-2, then lost to Carson Mosier of Circle, 8-2, in the fifth-place match.
“Dakota faced a tough task in No. 1 singles as the field was stacked with state contenders,” coach Bob Woelk said. “His loss to second-seeded Comley of Sterling in the first round was a difficult starting assignment. He played well against Lockwood in his second match. He seemed to run out of gas a bit against Mosier in the fifth-place match.”
Jacob Isaac and Dylan Wiens played No. 2 doubles, finishing fourth with a 1-2 record. The Trojan pair defeated Doolittle and Snyder of Chapman, 8-0, lost to Yenni and Lucas of Smoky Valley in the semifinals, then lost the third-place match to Jones and Mercer of Conway Springs, 8-0.
“I was pleased that all the guys picked up at least one win,” Woelk said. “We need to get our ‘game legs.’ This was, after all, our first tournament of the year. We will do some conditioning and work on making better shots, especially routine returns. We need to improve our shot placement.”
Smoky Valley and Sterling tied for first place in team points with 59. They were followed by Conway Springs (49), Sacred Heart (45), Hutchinson Trinity (28), Circle (15), Hillsboro (14) and Chapman (3).
Coming—Hillsboro was scheduled to compete Tuesday at the Sterling Invitational, then will travel to Circle for a quadrangular on Thursday.