Tennis Toppers Earn First Victory Of 2021


The Hillsboro High School girls tennis team took their first victory of the year on Thursday, Sept. 2, with a 7-2 victory over East Alton-Wood River.

The Toppers swept singles play and also won a pair of JV matches against the Oilers. Hillsboro’s top three players, Paige Lucykow, Sally Mattson and Ruthie Mathews all won 8-0, as did number six player Jesse Balla. Macy Shipman won her match 8-2 and Melissa Bell won 8-1 in the number five match to complete the sweep. Aly Leisure and Madie Hollo won the two JV matches, taking the victories by 8-0 and 8-4 respectively.

In doubles play, a whole new six would take the court for the Toppers and Coach Jodi Speiser. Chloe Martincic and Chloee Kinney teammed up to win the number three doubles match by an 8-1 final score.

While the Chloe(e)s win was the only one in doubles play, the other two matches were close. Henrietta Funk and Aubrey Reincke fell to the top EAWR team 8-4, while Zayda Kenney and Annabelle Wright were even closer with an 8-6 loss to the number two Oiler squad.

The Toppers will look to continue their strong play at home on Sept. 9, when they take on Vandalia at the Hillsboro Sports Complex.

September 2 at Hillsboro

Hillsboro 7, EAWR 2

Singles: 1. Paige Lucykow (H) def. Addison Denton (E) 8-0; 2. Sally Mattson def. Tahani Franklin (E) 8-0; 3. Ruthie Mathews (H) def. Abby Bailey (E) 8-0; 4. Macy Shipman (H) def. Mary Mugge (E) 8-2; 5. Melissa Bell (H) def. Abby Bailey (E) 8-0; 6. Jesse Balla (H) def. Emalee Evers (E) 8-1. JV: Aly Leisure (H) def. Makayla Kerr (E) 8-0; Madie Hollo (H) def. Jaden Downs (E) 8-4.

Doubles: 1. Addison Denton/Tahani Franklin (E) def. Henrietta Funk/Aubrey Reincke (H) 8-4; 2. Abby Bailey/Mary Mugge (E) def. Annabelle Wright/Zayda Kenney (H) 8-6; 3. Chloe Martincic/Chloee Kinney (H) def. Emalee Evers/Jaden Downs (E) 8-1.


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