After four straight wins, the Hillsboro girls tennis team was brought back down to Earth recently as they fell to Roxana and Marquette in back-to-back matches at the Hillsboro Sports Complex.
The loss to the Shells would come on Sept. 19, with Roxana edging the home team in a 5-4 heartbreaker.
Hillsboro would hold a 4-2 advantage entering doubles play, but weren't able to pick up the deciding fifth victory. Sheridan Schreiber, Lauren Lucykow and Chloe Smail would sweep the top three singles spots, with Torrence Clark also earning a victory in singles. Karli Mackey would take the number four match against Madi Pirtle to three sets, but lost 11-9 in the tiebreaker.
On Sept. 23, Hillsboro was up against a tough Marquette squad, who handed the Lady Hiltoppers an 8-1 loss.
Mackey would get the win in the match, this time earning the victory in the tiebreaker with a 10-8 decision over Monica Wendle. Smail would also take her opponent to three sets before falling 10-3 in the rubber match.
In addition to the varsity action, Hillsboro also got a JV match in the books on Sept. 18. The JV Toppers would defeat Greenville's junior varsity squad 5-4 in a match at the Hillsboro Sports Complex.
Meghan Garmon and Ella Pfeifer would earn wins against the young Comets, but Hillsboro trailed 4-2 going into singles. In a reverse of the varsity match against Roxana, the Toppers would sweep doubles play, with Garmon and Pfeifer winning 8-3, Tressie Clinard and Emma Dowding winning 8-6 and Sally Mattson and Paige Lucykow winning 8-4.
The varsity will once again be in action on Sept. 26, when they host Jerseyville. The team will also participate in the Centralia Annies Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28.
September 19 at Hillsboro
Roxana 5, Hillsboro 4
Singles: 1. Sheridan Schreiber (H) def. Lauren Gegen (R) 6-2, 6-4, 10-3; 2. Lauren Lucykow (H) def. Stephanie Kamp (R) 6-4, 6-4, 10-6; 3. Chloe Smail (H) def. Makenna John (R) 6-2, 6-3; 4. Madi Pirtle (R) def. Karli Mackey (H) 6-4, 6-0, 11-9; 5. Torrence Clark (H) def. Bailey Isom (R) 7-6 (4) 6-1; 6. Savannah Milsap (R) def. Maia Moranville (H) 6-1, 6-2.
Doubles: 1. Abbey Gegen/Stephanie Kamp (R) def. Sheridan Schreiber/Lauren Lucykow (H) 8-2; 2. Lauren Gegen/Lindsey Ratliff (R) def. Chloe Smail/Karli Mackey (H) 8-4; 3. Makenna John/Savannah Milsap (R) def. Torrence Clark/Maia Moranville (H) 8-3.
September 23 at Hillsboro
Marquette 8, Hillsboro 1
Singles: 1. Leah Hoefert (M) def. Sheridan Schreiber (H) 6-3, 6-1; 2. Emily Berkenbile (M) def. Lauren Lucykow (H) 6-4, 6-3; 3. Kaya Thies (M) def. Chloe Smail (H) 6-3, 6-1, 10-3; 4. Karli Mackey (H) def. Monica Wendle (M) 6-3, 7-5, 10-8; 5. Grace Schulz (M) def. Torrence Clark (H) 6-3, 6-4, 10-3; 6. Aubrey Hunter (M) def. Maia Moranville (H) 6-2, 6-3.
Doubles: 1. Leah Hoefert. Kaya Thies (M) def. Sheridan Schreiber. Lauren Lucykow (H) 8-4; 2. Emily Berkenbile. Monica Wendle (M) def. Chloe Smail. Karli Mackey (H) 8-3; 3. Anna Joehl. Nina Walters (M) def. Torrence Clark. Maia Moranville (H) 8-3.
Record: Hillsboro (4-6).
September 18 at Hillsboro
Hillsboro JV 5, Greenville JV 4
Singles: 1. Meghan Garmon (H) def. Walker (G) 8-6; 2. Ella Pfeifer (H) def. Harnetiaux (G) 8-6; 3. Mathias (G) def. Emma Dowding (H) 8-6; 4. Dickenson (G) def. Tressie Clinard (H) 8-5; 5. Johnson (G) def. Paige Lucykow (H) 9-7; 6. Ridens (G) def. Lexy Cameron (H) 8-3.
Doubles: 1. Garmon/Pfeifer (H) def. Harnetiaux/Walker (G) 8-3; 2. Clinard/Dowding (H) def. Dickenson/Hardin (G) 8-6; 3. Sally Mattson/P. Lucykow (H) def. Lang/Fitzgerald (G) 8-4.