The Hillsboro High School Lady Trojan tennis team was in action Sept. 23, playing in the Trojan Girls’ Invitational in Hillsboro, closing out the regular season for the varsity squad.
Becky Faber posted the best finish for the Trojans, grabbing a bronze medal.
Of the eight teams competing, Hillsboro was fifth with 27 points as Sacred Heart’s 60 points topped the competition.
The Sterling Lady Black Bears took second — six points behind the Lady Knights.
Faber opened the day facing Circle’s Brittany Kitchen, whom she edged 8-6 to move onto the semifinal round.
Sterling’s eventual champion Janel Prather knocked Faber off by an 8-1 score, sending her to the consolation bracket.
Faber was able to secure third place, doubling Hutchinson Trinity’s Lizzie Degner 8-4, and scoring a total of 15 points.
Number two singles play saw Kelsey Bartel battling Wichita Independent’s Hayley Worth in the opening round.
Worth wasn’t worthy of the challenge, tumbling 8-1, sending Bartel into the semifinals against Sterling’s Jamie Gellerman.
Gellerman was able to get into the title match, downing Bartel, 8-2, before finishing as runner-up.
Bartel stumbled in the consolation match against Cheney’s Sara Tajchman, 8-4, but finished fourth.
In number one doubles, the duo of Emma Heyen and Aubrey Meier had to take on the Sacred Heart team of Emily Douglas and Chelsea Ellis.
The Knights came away with an 8-2 victory, forcing the Trojans to the consolation match against Circle’s team of Kristy Burton and Lauren Johnson.
The Lady T-Birds proved too much for the young Trojan tandem to handle with Hillsboro falling, 8-4.
Meier and Emma finished the day 0-3, dropping a tough 8-6 decision to Trinity’s team of Sarah Kenning and Courtney Chacon, 8-6, for seventh place.
The number two doubles team of Elise Heyen and Hayley Pankratz were slightly more successful, taking sixth.
Elise and Pankratz opened the meet with a tough draw against Cheney’s Ashley Eagleburger and Stephanie Cameron.
The Cardinals shut out Hillsboro, 8-0, eventually finishing as runner-up to Independent’s Jillian Poynter and Kelcey Ondek.
Pankratz and Elise Heyen advanced to the fifth-place match via a bye against Sterling’s team of Katelyn Buckman and Emily Hanes, where Hillsboro fell by an 8-0 score.
The Trojans’ varsity team returns to action at 9 a.m. Saturday in the MCAA League meet.