Trojans qualify doubles team for state tourney

Hillsboro sophomore Cheyenne Bernhardt returns volley at the Class 3-2-1A regional tournament at the Hillsboro Sports Complex. She and freshman Kyla Isaac qualified for state by placing fourth.
Hillsboro sophomore Cheyenne Bernhardt returns volley at the Class 3-2-1A regional tournament at the Hillsboro Sports Complex. She and freshman Kyla Isaac qualified for state by placing fourth.
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.