Rain Halts Tennis Toppers Senior Night

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It was a night to celebrate the Hillsboro High School girls tennis team's seven seniors on Thursday, Oct. 10, at least until Mother Nature intervened.

The Toppers were able to honor seniors Emma Dowding, Lexy Cameron, Sheridan Schreiber, Maia Moranville, Chloe Smail, Lauren Lucykow and Karli Mackey before the skies opened up, but weren't able to get much tennis in against the visitors from Shelbyville.

Before their senior night showdown with the Rams, the Lady Hiltoppers traveled to Salem to face the Wildcats on Oct. 8. Hillsboro staked themselves to a 5-1 lead after singles play, then added a doubles win for the 6-3 victory, their sixth of the year.

The five singles wins would come from Lauren Lucykow, Chloe Smail, Karli Mackey, Torrence Clark and Maia Moranville, with the closest matches being 10-7 wins by Lucykow and Smail.

Smail and Mackey would also collect an 8-5 doubles victory, beating the number two team of Caroline Foltz and Sonya Jha.

Jerseyville and Centralia

On Sept. 26, the Tennis Toppers hosted Jerseyville, who returned home with an 8-1 victory. Hillsboro's lone win would come in the number one singles match, where Sheridan Schreiber took a 6-3, 7-6 victory over Michelle Maag.

The Toppers would rebound nicely after the defeat though, picking up six points at the Annies Invitational in Centralia to win the event.

In singles play, Schreiber would go 2-1 with wins over Lexi Enke of Centralia and Abigail Atwood of Richland County. Her only loss came to Raegan Branon of Centralia. 

Lauren Lucykow also played singles and went 2-1, with her only loss also to Branon. Lucykow's victories would come against Angelica Feranto of Vandalia and Atwood of Richland County.

Hillsboro's doubles duo of Chloe Smail and Karli Mackey would finish 1-2 in Centralia, with a win over Dana Sodsaikitch and Kate Stocking. The team of Torrence Clark and Maia Moranville also went 1-2, with their win coming against Vandalia's Riely Ward and Victoria Smith.

Conference Foes

After the Centralia tournament, the Hiltoppers took on two conference foes, nearly coming away with two victories.

In Vandalia on Sept. 30, Hillsboro swept singles en route to an 8-1 victory over the host Vandals.Sheridan Schreiber, Lauren Lucykow, Chloe Smail, Karli Mackey, Torrence Clark and Maia Moranville would all take the Vandals down in straight sets, with Clark and Moranville also winning in doubles.

Coach Jennifer Anderson would go to her bench for the other two doubles matches, with Emma Dowding and Lexy Cameron winning the number three match to account for the final 8-1 margin.

Three days later, Hillsboro was in Greenville to face the Comets, who held on for a 5-4 victory on Oct. 3.

The Toppers were alive by a whisker after singles, down 4-2 with Sheridan Schreiber and Torrence Clark picking up the two HHS wins. Doubles would be a different story though as Schreiber and Lauren Lucykow teamed up to win 11-9 over Greenville's top team and Karli Mackey and Chloe Smail won 10-7 in the number two bout.

Clark and Maia Moranville would nearly finish off the comeback in the number three match, but fell to the team of Morgan Wilderman and Anna Walker by a 10-8 final score.

The Toppers will be in Centralia for their sectional, which will be played on Friday, Oct. 18. In addition to Hillsboro and the host Orphans, Flora, Greenville, Highland, Mt. Vernon, Richland County, Salem and Vandalia will also be at the Centralia Sectional.

September 26 at Hillsboro

Jerseyville 8, Hillsboro 1

Singles: 1. Sheridan Schreiber (H) def. Michelle Maag (J) 6-3, 7-6 (4); 2. Lily Ingram (J) def. Lauren Lucykow (H) 6-1, 6-1; 3. Aubrey Mccormick (J) def. Chloe Smail (H) 6-2, 6-1; 4. Sabrina Ingram (J) def. Karli Mackey (H) 6-4, 6-1; 5. Kate Jones (J) def. Torrence Clark (H) 6-1, 6-0; 6. Ashleigh Gotway (J) def. Maia Moranville (H) 6-1, 6-3.

Doubles: 1. Michelle Maag./Lily Ingram (J) def. Sheridan Schreiber/Lauren Lucykow (H) 8-6; 2. Sabrina Ingram/Aubrey Mccormick (J) def. Chloe Smail/Karli Mackey (H) 8-4; 3. Kate Jones/Rachel Hall (J) def. Torrence Clark/Maia Moranville (H) 8-1.

September 28 at Centralia

Team Results: Hillsboro 6, Centralia 4, Richland County 2, Vandalia 0

Singles: 1. Sheridan Schreiber (H) def. Lexi Enke (C) 6-4, 6-3; 1. Sheridan Schreiber (H) def. Abigail Atwood (R) 6-1, 7-6 (5) 11-9; 1. Raegan Branon (C) def. Sheridan Schreiber (H) 6-1, 6-0; 2. Lauren Lucykow (H) def. Angelica Ferranto (V) 6-2, 6-3; 2. Raegan Branon (C) def. Lauren Lucykow (H) 6-4, 6-2; 2. Lauren Lucykow (H) def. Abigail Atwood (R) 11-10 (5).

Doubles: 1. Chloe Smail/Karli Mackey (H) def. Danna Sodsaikitch/Kate Stocking (C) 7-5, 6-1; 1. Zoe Alexander/Riley Doll (R) def. Chloe Smail/Karli Mackey (H) 6-0, 6-0; 1. Paige Steber/Kiersen Brach (R) def. Chloe Smail/Karli Mackey (H) 10-2; 2. Piper Marcum/Ali Kessler (C) def. Torrence Clark/Maia Moranville (H) 6-0, 6-0;  2. Torrence Clark/Maia Moranville (H) def. Riely Ward/Victoria Smith (V) 10-3; 2. Danna Sodsaikitch/Kate Stocking (C) def. Torrence Clark/Maia Moranville (H) 10-5.

September 30 at Vandalia

Hillsboro 8, Vandalia 1

Singles: 1. Sheridan Schreiber (H) def. Riely Ward (V) 6-1, 6-1; 2. Lauren Lucykow (H) def. Camille Fameree (V) 6-3, 6-2; 3. Chloe Smail (H) def. Victoria Smith (V) 6-2, 6-1; 4. Karli Mackey (H) def. Gracie Philpot (V) 6-4, 7-5; 5. Torrence Clark (H) def. Angelica Ferranto (V) 6-4, 6-2; 6. Maia Moranville (H) def. Josie Womack (V) 6-4, 6-0.

Doubles: 1. Torrence Clark/Maia Moranville (H) def. Riely Ward/Camille Fameree (V) 8-2; 2. Gracie Philpot/ Rylee Velaquez (V) def. Tressie Clinard/Ella Pfeifer (H) 8-3; 3. Emma Dowding/ Lexy Cameron (H) def. Angelica Ferranto/Samantha Rittis (V) 8-1.

October 3 at Greenville

Greenville 5, Hillsboro 4

Singles: 1. Sheridan Schreiber (H) def. Sarah Brannon (G) 6-2, 3-6, 10-4; 2. Danielle Brand (G) def. Lauren Lucykow (H) 6-4, 4-6, 10-7; 3. Heidi Summers (G) def. Chloe Smail (H) 6-2, 4-6, 10-4; 4. Kyra Wells (G) def. Karli Mackey (H) 6-1, 6-2; 5. Torrence Clark (H) def. Emma Siefken (G) 6-1, 6-2; 6. Morgan Wilderman (G) def. Maia Moranville (H) 4-6, 7-5, 4-10.

Doubles: 1. Sheridan Schreiber/Lauren Lucykow (H) def. Sarah Brannon/ Heidi Summers (G) 11-9; 2. Karli Mackey/Chloe Smail (H) def. Danielle Brand/Kyra Wells (G) 10-7; 3. Anna Walker/Morgan Wilderman (G) def. Torrence Clark/Maia Moranville (H) 10-8.

October 8 at Salem

Hillsboro 6, Salem 3

Singles: 1. Alishba Zahoor (S) def. Sheridan Schreiber (H) 10-5; 2. Lauren Lucykow (H) def. Kaitlyn Banning (S) 10-7; 3. Chloe Smail (H) def. Sonya Jha (S) 10-7; 4. Karli Mackey (H) def. Brynn Metcalf (S) 10-5; 5. Torrence Clark (H) def. Caroline Foltz (S) 10-1; 6. Maia Moranville (H) def. Courtney Puckett (S) 10-3.

Doubles: 1. Kaitlyn Banning/Alishba Zahoor (S) def. Sheridan Schreiber/ Lauren Lucykow (H) 8-4. 2. Chloe Smail/Karli Mackey (H) def. Caroline Foltz/Sonya Jha (S) 8-5. 3. Brynn Metcalf/Courtney Puckett (S) def. Torrence Clark/Maia Moranville (H) 8-4

Record: Hillsboro (6-8).

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