Roth paces HHS tennis at home invite

Caroline Roth placed third in No. 1 singles at the Hillsboro Invite Thursday.
Caroline Roth placed third in No. 1 singles at the Hillsboro Invite Thursday.
Led by Caroline Roth’s third-place finish in No. 1 singles, the Hillsboro tennis team placed fifth among the eight schools competing at the Hillsboro Invitational Thurs­day at the Sports Complex.

Chapman won the team title with 57 points, followed by Circle (53), Sterling (51), Wichita Collegiate (32), Hillsboro (29), Hutchinson Trinity (20), Nickerson (19) and Douglass (18).

Roth won her opening match against Caeli Clennan of Trinity 8-0, then lost to Summer Scharenberg of Circle 8-1 in the semifinals and came back to defeat Payton Holm of Chapman 8-4 in the third-place match.

In No. 1 doubles, the Trojan duo of Shelby Johnson and Ellian Weis­beck placed fourth. They defeated Bredemeier and Wagoner of Trinity 8-5 in the opening match, then lost to Bates and Miller of Sterling 8-3 in the semifinals and to Pearce and Walte­math of Circle 8-2 in the third-place match.

No. 2 singles, Hillsboro’s Gracie Damon lost 8-0 to Kendra Hicks of Circle, 8-0 to Hayley Harris of Trinity and 8-1 to Kayleigh Boyd of Douglass.

In No. 2 doubles, Abby Fryhover and Kayla Gunn lost 8-2 to Butcher and Do of Collegiate, and 8-1 to McCune and Bilson of Circle. They were awarded seventh place with a bye.

Lyons—The Trojans got a taste of college tennis Sept. 19 at the Lyons Invita­tional. The double-dual, which also included Nicker­son, used the collegiate format by offering players a chance to compete in both singles and doubles.

In No. 1 singles, Caroline Roth defeated McKayla Vincent of Lyons 8-1 and Katricia Hirsh of Nickerson 8-3.

Roth also won both her matches at No. 1 doubles, 8-1 over Vincent and Kelsey Jenkins of Lyons with partner Ellian Weisbeck, and 8-2 over Hirsh and Summer Snow of Nickerson with partner Shelby Johnson.

Weisbeck, playing No. 2 singles, defeated Ashlyn Troyer of Lyons 8-2 and Snow of Nickerson 8-5. She lost in doubles to Lyons’ Kristi Weiser and Alyssa Weve 8-3 with partner Gracie Damon. Johnson also teamed with Roth for the win over Nickerson.

Johnson played No. 3 singles. She beat Jenkins 8-5, then lost to Weiser 8-5. She also played one match in doubles with Damon. They lost to Troyer and Gia Bryant 8-4.

In No. 4 singles, Abby Fryhover lost to Weve 8-3 and Bryant 8-1. She played doubles for one round with Destiny Holinde, losing 8-4 to Dakota Lowrey and Taysha Brown of Nickerson.

At No. 5 singles, Kayla Gunn lost to Tania Silva of Lyons 8-4 and Lowrey 8-4. Gunn played one round of doubles with Holinde. They retired due to injury for an 8-0 loss to Silva and Devany Gamez of Lyons.

At No. 6, Damon played one round of singles, losing to Gamez 8-3. Holinde played one round at No. 6 singles, losing to Brown of Nickerson 8-0.

“This was a fun little double-dual that gave our girls a chance to try some new things,” coach Bob Woelk said. “Doubles players had an opportunity to play singles and vice versa.”