Trojan tennis team third at Sterling

The Hillsboro tennis team placed third in a quadrangular Friday at Sterling one day after completing a weather-delayed quad at Circle.

Sterling?s varsity team won Friday?s meet with 10 points, followed by Hesston (7), Hillsboro (4) and Sterling?s B team (2).

Daniel Gray, playing No. 1 singles, lost 8-2 to Zack Brashear of Sterling A and 8-5 to David Kitzinger of Hesston before defeating Brian Walker of Sterling B, 8-7 (10-8).

In No. 2 singles, Tyler Funk lost 8-7 (1) to Shane Wheeler of Sterling A, defeated Andrew McPherson of Sterling B, 8-7 (10-8) and lost 8-4 to Trey Toews of Hesston.

In No. 1 doubles, Harry Faber and Jeff Pritchard lost 8-7 (1) to Cameron Fair and Caleb Hendrick of Sterling A, defeated Aidon Crosby and Luc Robson of Sterling B, 8-0, then lost 8-5 to Grant Dahlsten and Garrett Roth of Hesston.

In No. 2 doubles, Ty Carey and River Cecil lost 8-0 to Henry Weiner and Coby Comley of Sterling A, defeated Ian Stephens and Micah Watney of Sterling B, 8-6, then lost 8-0 to Zachary Baldauf and Nolan Casimir of Hesston.

?Overall, the guys played well and it was a very competitive day of tennis with our team playing in four tie-breakers,? coach Stuart Holmes said.

As for the lineup change that had Faber playing doubles, Holmes said, ?In an effort to get Harry completely healthy, we played him with Jeff in No. 1 doubles.?

Circle?Daniel Gray placed second in No. 2 singles Thursday to pace the Trojans at the Circle quad. The round-robin meet had been scheduled for Tuesday but was postponed because of weather.

Gray lost his opening match to Nathan Jones of Valley Center 8-1, then defeated Josh Larson of Circle 8-4 and Taylor Carlson of Haven 8-2.

?Daniel played consistently well throughout the meet and did a good job of keeping the ball in play,? coach Stuart Holmes said. ?Daniel hustles to every ball and so it was good to see him continue to have success as a singles player.?

In No. 1 singles, Harry Faber went 1-2. He lost to Matt Dolezal of Valley Center 8-6 and Tony Treweeke of Circle 8-4 before defeating Rian Borntrager of Haven 8-1.

?Harry is battling a nagging injury right now, which impacted his play,? Holmes said. ?Also, the two losses he had were to quality opponents who would have given Harry a good match even if he were 100 percent.?

In No. 1 doubles, Tyler Funk and Jeff Pritchard went 1-2, losing to Jason Degarmo and Paul Buffo of Valley Center 8-1 and JJ Hunter and Tracy Keplar 8-7 (7-3) before defeating Ian Banman and Cody McKinnis of Haven 8-1.

?Jeff and Tyler continued to show promise as a doubles team as they lost to Circle in a tie-breaker, so our guys were close to placing second,? Holmes said.

The No. 2 team of River Cecil and Ty Carey went 0-3, losing to Cole Klinkhammer and Wesley Crow of Valley Center 8-2, Drake Lister and Colby Wallace of Circle 8-2 and Jeff Kaufman and Erik Burling of Haven 8-1.

Coming?The Trojans were scheduled to host their second invitational of the season Tues?day. They?ll return to action next Tuesday at the Hesston Invita?tional.


















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