The Hillsboro boys tennis team made short work of Roxana on Monday, May 6, beating the Shells 7-2, with six of the wins coming in singles play.
None of the five contested singles matches, the sixth was a forfeit, would see the Shells score more than two points against the Toppers' top six.
Dane Huber would shut out his opponent 6-0, 6-0, while Joe Mattson, Brayden Bolyard and Chance Murray all won 6-1, 6-0. Trevor Hartman would complete the sweep with a 6-1, 6-1 victory, with Wilson Hamby picking up the forfeit win.
Hillsboro's other point came from a forfeit in the number three doubles match, with four JV players getting some varsity experience in the other two matches. Will Specier and Riley Dugan narrowly lost in the number one bout, 11-9, while Hayden Pfeiffer and Gavin Roberts fell by another close score, 8-5.
Hillsboro vs. Granite City
On Tuesday, May 7, the Hiltoppers traveled to Granite City to take on the Warriors. Hillsboro would split singles play with the home team, but Granite City would sweep doubles to take a 6-3 victory.
All six matches in singles would be decided by two points, with three going to a ninth point in the eight-game pro set.
Wilson Hamby would win his match 8-6, while both Dane Huber and Chance Murray came away with 9-7 victories. Joe Mattson would lose a close 9-7 match in the number one bout, while Brayden Bolyard and Trevor Hartman lost 8-6.
Doubles were nearly as close, with Mattson and Huber losing 9-7, Murray and Hamby losing 8-6 and Bolyard and Hartman losing 8-4, but Granite City would come away with all three wins to sew up the match.
On Friday, Hillsboro will be in Roxana for the South Central Conference Tournament against the host Shells and Greenville.
May 6 at Hillsboro
Hillsboro 7, Roxana 2
Singles: 1. Joe Mattson (H) def. Dakota Hall (R) 6-1, 6-0; 2. Brayden Bolyard def. Collin Dailey (R) 6-1, 6-0; 3. Dane Huber (H) def. Thomas Strohmeier (R) 6-0, 6-0; 4. Chance Murray (H) def. Austin Arview (R) 6-1, 6-0; 5. Trevor Hartman (H) def. Dane Sleyden (R) 6-1, 6-1; 6. Wilson Hamby (H) won by forfeit.
Doubles: 1. Will Specier/Riley Dugan (H) def. Hall/Strohmeier (R) 11-9; 2. Hayden Pfeiffer/Gavin Roberts (H) def. Dailey/Arview (R) 8-5; 3. Murray/Hartman (H) won by forfeit.
Records: Hillsboro (2-8, 2-2); Roxana (3-7, 0-4).
May 7 at Granite City
Granite City 6, Hillsboro 3
Singles: 1. Owen Cole (GC) def. Joe Mattson (H) 9-7; 2. Chase Boushard (GC) def. Brayden Bolyard (H) 8-6; 3. Dane Huber (H) def. Ryan Mihu (GC) 9-7; 4. Chance Murray (H) def. Noah Cain (GC) 9-7; 5. Aaron Dawes (GC) def. Trevor Hartman (H) 8-6; 6. Wilson Hamby (H) def. Tosh Lignoul (GC) 8-6.
Doubles: 1. Cole/Mihu (GC) def. Mattson/Huber (H) 9-7; 2. Boushard/Cain (GC) def. Bolyard/Hartman (H) 8-4; 3. Dawes/ Lignoul (GC) def. Murray/Hamby (H) 8-6.
Records: Hillsboro (2-9); Granite City (6-7).