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Hillsboro doubles teams finish 1st, 4th

Hillsboro High School girls tennis team’s doubles teams finished in first and fourth places Thursday at Smoky Valley.

Becky Faber and Emma Heyen defeated Caroline Geiger and Janay Wilson of Abilene, 8-0, in the first round. In quarterfinals they defeated Morgan Hekele and Norel Kirmer of Claflin, 8-7.

Faber and Heyen defeated Madelyn Weaver and Ashley Weaver of Hesston, 8-3, in semifinals. They then defeated Katie Hipp and Janae Hekele of Claflin, 8-4, in the finals to take first place.

Courtney Weber and Elise Heyen began with an 8-7 win against Sammie Aeschliman and Baylee Kampfe of Smoky Valley. They won again in the quarterfinals.

Weber and Heyen lost in a match against Hipp and Hekele of Claflin, 8-5. They also lost in the third-place match to Weaver and Weaver of Hesston, 8-4, to receive fourth place.

Hayley Pankratz put together a record of 1-3 in the singles bracket to place 14th.

Aubrey Meier began with a close match against Jessica Van Ranken of Smoky Valley, but she lost in a tiebreaker. She finished in 16th place.

As a team, HHS placed fifth out of eight teams.

Emma Heyen placed second in No. 2 singles at Hesston Saturday. She defeated Megan Richardson of Wichita Collegiate, 8-0; Annie Reinert of Smoky Valley, 8-5; and Rachel Shogren, 8-7, in a tiebreaker. In the first-place match, she lost to Colleen Zirkle of Wichita Independent, 8-4.

She is now 7-1 in singles play on the season.

“I was extremely pleased with the efforts of Emma Heyen, who stayed tough through a long, warm day,” coach Bob Woelk said.

Becky Faber finished fifth in No. 1 singles. Elise Heyen and Courtney Weber finished sixth in No. 1 doubles.

Aubrey Meier and Hayley Pankratz placed sixth in No. 2 doubles. Erin Winter and Rachel Schneider played as an unaffiliated doubles team. They went winless, but Woelk said they gained valuable experience. The coach is optimistic about the team’s prospects late in the season.

“I think we are positioned well to make a run at league, regionals, and perhaps even qualify some girls for state as October comes around,” he said.

Last modified Sept. 15, 2010