Lightning postpones Hillsboro tourney

Ellian Weisbeck returns serve in her first-round doubles match with partner Shelby Johnson at the Hillsboro Invitational tennis tournament Aug. 30. The tournament was suspended  but was scheduled to resume Sept. 6.The threat of lightning resulted in the suspension of the Hillsboro Tennis Invitational at the Sports Complex Aug. 30.

The tournament was scheduled to be completed Sept. 6, but with only three of the six teams returning.

Prior to the suspension, the Trojans did complete some matches.

In No. 1 singles, Hills­boro’s Caroline Roth lost her first match to Sallie Lair of Wichita Colle­giate, 8-1, then defeated Cameron Reichen­berger of Haven, 8-0.

“Caroline had some understandable first-match jitters and was tight in her first set before settling down and dominating her second match,” coach Bob Woelk said of the Trojan’s ex­change student from Ger­many.

In No. 1 doubles, Shelby Johnson and Ellian Weis­beck defeated Amber Bonine and Tasha Miller of Haven, 8-4, then defeated Wichita Collegiate’s Lexi Coleman and Jana Heady, 8-6.

“I was pleased with the play of Johnson and Weis­beck, who communicated well,” Woelk said. “They both served accurately and made the big shots when they counted.”

In No. 2 singles, Gracie Damon lost to Taylor Cusick of Collegiate, 8-0, and Maddi­son Kauffman of Haven, 8-4.

Abby Fryhover and Kayla Gunn, playing No. 2 doubles, lost to Alex Bayless and Sam Estivo of Collegiate, 8-0, and Hannah Seck and Pound of Haven, 8-3.

“Our No. 2 singles and doubles players earned some valuable experience and won some games in their second matches,” Woelk said. “Our goal is to continue to improve, and they seem to be on the way to achieving that.”

Coming—In addition to completing the Hillsboro Invitational Sept. 6, the Trojans will travel to Linds­borg Thursday for the Smoky Valley Invitational. Matches begin 10 a.m.

Then on Saturday, Hillsboro will compete at the Hesston Invitational with matches starting at 10 a.m.

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