Trojans place 7th in league tennis

Hillsboro High School girls’ tennis placed seventh out of nine teams at the Central Kansas League meet Saturday.

Coach Bob Woelk shook up the lineup by playing two first-time pairings in doubles and a freshman in No. 1 singles.

“We made some sacrifices to set ourselves up better for regionals, which we consider much more important,” Woelk said. “We don’t like finishing so far down in the league tournament, but I think we will benefit in regional seedings from not adding losses to our records.”

Singles

Allison Gray played No. 1 singles for the first time. She lost to Madison Bayer of Kingman, 9-7, Brittanie Eskut of Lyons, 9-0, and Victoria Smalling of Nickerson, 9-2.

“She played hard all day, but being a freshman in No. 1 singles was a tough spot,” Woelk said.

Bailey Kaufman played No. 2 singles for Hillsboro. She finished seventh with a win over Haylee Nachtigal of Haven, 9-0, after losing to Jade Hoover of Pratt, 6-0 and 6-1, and Makenzie Nisley of Nickerson, 9-2.

Doubles

Allison Weber and Erin Winter were paired for the first time in No. 1 doubles. They won their opening match against Kaci Wilson and Sarah Wheeler of Sterling, 2-6 and 6-1 with a 10-3 super-tiebreaker, then lost to No. 1 seed Rachel Shogren and Ashley Weaver of Hesston, 6-1 and 6-2, and Emma Anderson and Hannah Morrical of Smoky Valley, 6-3, 3-6, and 6-4, to take fourth out of nine teams.

Peyton Loewen and Claire Heyen teamed for No. 2 doubles for the first time. They lost to Elizabethe Wilder and Caitlin King of Hesston, 6-0 and 6-0, and Kayla Reid and Jadyn Snyder of Lyons, 9-8 in a 7-2 tiebreaker. They defeated Annika Miller and Ally Gunn of Haven, 9-2, to place seventh.

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