Tennis doubles teams navigate 'learning curve'

Hillsboro girls’ tennis played Thursday in a home meet with seven other schools.

Coach Bob Woelk said he was pleased with Caroline Roth’s performance in No. 1 singles play, but he noted she might end up playing doubles before the season wraps up.

“We may do some moving around in the next few weeks to explore some of our options,” he said.

After going 1-2 Thursday, Shelby Johnson and Ellian Weisbeck are 7-8 in No. 1 doubles play for the season.

“They are winning their first round matches, but then facing a tough opponent in the second round,” he said. “They are struggling to recover in the later rounds, and that is troublesome.”

In No. 2 doubles, Woelk said Kayla Gunn and Abby Fryhover are still on a “steep learning curve.”

“They are winning some games and improving, but their inexperience as first-year players is evident,” Woelk said. “The same is true for Gracie Damon, who continues to get better. She is also a rookie, and is struggling against more seasoned players.”

The Trojans play again at 9 a.m. Saturday in the league tournament at Smoky Valley in Lindsborg.

Last modified Sept. 29, 2016

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