The Hillsboro doubles team of Cheyenne Bernhardt and Kyla Isaac qualified for the Class 3-2-1A state tennis tournament by placing fourth at the regional tournament hosted Friday and Saturday at the Sports Complex in Hillsboro.
The sophomore-freshman duo opened play Friday with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Stuewe and Hutley of Wabaunsee.
In the quarterfinal round, the pair defeated Bauman and Stallbaumer of Sabetha, 6-4, 4-6, (12-10) to earn a spot in the semifinals. The Trojan team then lost to Knoflicek and Bartels, 6-1, 6-0. The Kansas City Christian duo went on to win the doubles title.
The loss put Bernhardt and Isaac in the third-place match, where they lost to Folks and Worthington of Perry-Lecompton, 6-0, 6-2.
Hillsboro’s second doubles team, Elli Weisbeck and Shelby Johnson received a bye in the play-in round, then lost to Arnold and Johnston of Kansas City Christian, 6-0, 6-1.
The Trojans’ lone entry in singles, Kailee Funk, lost in the first round to Lily Perrin of Sacred Heart, 6-0, 6-0.
“We had some tough first rounds this past weekend at regionals,” coach Erin Hein said. “I am proud of how all of the girls played. Cheyenne and Kyla won their first two matches on Friday, which secured them a spot at the state tournament. They continued play on Saturday, where they lost their next two rounds.
Coming—The Class 3-2-1A state tournament will begin Friday at Prairie Village.