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Trojan girls' tennis

Alison Weber takes
2nd at Sterling

Staff writer

Hillsboro girls’ tennis team came in second only to Hesston on Sept. 2 at a home invitational season opener and senior Alison Weber placed second in singles competition Thursday at Sterling.

At the Hillsboro Invitational, the girls narrowly missed winning the team title by one point.

“That shows that our lineup should be more of a threat this year,” coach Bob Woelk said. “It was certainly fun to be in contention for a team title.”

In singles competition, Weber was victorious in all but one game, and senior Claire Heyen picked up a second-place finish.

In doubles, seniors Allison Gray and Madison Klein took first, and Hannah Funk, a junior, and sophomore Anna Glanzer finished in third.

At Sterling, Weber placed second to rival Madison Thrasher.

Woelk said they played four times last year and split those contests.

“Weber was down 4-1 before coming back to tie at four all,” he said.

After two games that went to deuce, Weber missed a few key shots.

“I was pleased she didn’t give up when she was down early,” Woelk said.

Weber went on to defeat two other opponents 8-0.

Heyen was defeated in singles play by all three of her opponents.

“Claire is physically stronger that last year,” Woelk said. “She just needs a more consistent game. It will come with more experience.”

In doubles play, Gray and Klein defeated a team from St. John but lost to Sterling and Trinity teams. Funk and Glanzer also defeated a St. John but lost their other games.

Woelk said the heat seemed to affect some of his doubles players, and there is still plenty of room for them to grow.

The team will play Thursday at Smoky Valley in Lindsborg and Saturday in Hesston.

Last modified Sept. 10, 2014

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