Allison Weber?s fourth-place finish in No. 1 singles at the Central Kansas Lea?gue tournament Saturday in Lyons helped the Trojans to a seventh-place finish in a strong 11-team field.
Weber, seeded fourth, defeated Jade Hoover of Pratt 6-2, 6-0, then lost to one of the best players in the state in Hoisington?s Bessa Bwalya, 7-5, 6-1, in the semifinals and to Morgan Holo?pirek of Hesston in the battle for third, 6-4, 6-2.
?Allison stayed with Bessa in the first set and was tied at 5-5,? coach Bob Woelk said. ?Allison played hard and gave the powerful player a battle.? Against Holopirek, ?Alli?son played a strong first set and just ran out of gas.?
In No.2 singles, Claire Heyen went 0-3, losing to Jessica Schauf of Hoising?ton, 6-0, 6-3, Jayden Snyder of Lyons, 9-7, and Jade Born?holdt of Nicker?son, 9-3.
?It was a tough day for Claire,? Woelk said. ?She just couldn?t string together any consistent shots at key times in matches. She was not overpowered in any of them.?
In No. 1 doubles, Allison Gray and Hannah Funk finished 0-3, losing to Lyons? Esme Vazquez and Brenda Mercado, 9-2, Hoi?sing?ton?s Melissa Stout and Mickie Curtis, 9-5, and again to Vas?quez and Mercado, 9-8 (9-7).
?This was only the second time these two played together this year,? Woelk said of his No. 1 team. ?They showed considerable progress as evidenced by their improvement from the first match to the last.?
In No. 2 doubles, Madison Klein and Darcy Heinrichs, playing together for the first time, placed ninth at 2-2. They lost to Cheyenne Salinas and Cassidy Troyer of Lyons, 9-5, and Emily Herrman and Ali Leiker of Larned, 9-6, before defeating Kingman?s Katelyn Harbert and Libby Beat, 9-1, and Nickerson?s Alyssa Weve and Dakota Lowrey, 9-0.
?Overall, this was a positive debut for this pairing,? Woelk said. ?They were close in all their matches and seemed to start making better shots as the day went on.?
Hesston won the team title with 85 points, followed by Sterling (83), Smoky Valley (73), Hoisington (66), Pratt (64), Haven (45), Hills?boro (34), Lyons (33), Larned (28), Nickerson (22) and Kingman (17).
Coming?The Trojans were scheduled to play a make-up tournament Mon?day at Ellsworth, then play Tuesday at Abilene before battle for state berths at a tough Class 3-2-1A regional tournament hosted by Wichita Collegiate Friday and Saturday.
Joining Hillsboro and the host school in the regional field are Conway Springs, Douglass, Haven, Hesston, Hutch Trinity, Kingman, Lyons, Sterling and Wichita Independent.