Team Weber finishes sixth at Class 3-2-1A tennis tournament

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Hillsboro?s sister-sister doubles team of Courtney Weber and Allison Weber captured sixth place at the Class 3-2-1A state tennis tournament at Dodge City over the weekend.

The Webers opened Friday morning with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Ellie Montgom?ery and Amy Wysong of Sabetha, then defeated Kelcy Crittenden and Court?ney Nemecheck of Greeley County, 6-4, 6-1, before dropping a 6-3,6-2 match to Bailey Schartz and Darrien Beckwith of Ellin?wood in the quarterfinals.

On Saturday the Trojan duo, battling on the backside of the bracket with a nine game pro-set format, defeated Rachel Mercer and Stacy Sones of Conway Springs, 9-6, and Madeline Tedman and Rebecca Newth of Sabetha, 9-2, before losing the fifth-place game to Amelia Fabrizius and Leah Flax of Trego Community, 9-5.

?Our most impressive stretch was the 9-2 win over the team from Sabetha,? coach Bob Woelk said. ?After a tough battle with the same Conway Springs team we beat in three sets at regionals, I expected us to be a bit flat. But the girls hit shots with pinpoint accuracy in that second match, beating the No. 1 team out of the northeast regional.

?The girls played well overall,? Woelk added. ?We had some stretches of spectacular tennis, but we also had stretches where we seemed to tire and lose focus. But I take the blame for that because maybe we could have been in better condition.

?It was also windy both days, first out of the northeast on Friday, then out of the southwest on Saturday. That made things difficult for lobs.?

Woelk said the girls were a pleasure to coach this season.

?I am really proud of these girls for how hard they worked and how much they improved during the season,? he said.

The 4-2 record for the tournament gave the girls a 16-8 doubles record for the season.

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