After knocking off Roxana at home on April 21, the Hillsboro boys tennis team got a taste of their own medicine on Monday, May 10, as the Shells defeated them 6-3 in the shadow of the refinery.
Hillsboro wouldn’t make it easy for the Shells though as half of Roxana’s wins came down to a third set tie-breaker, including two in singles play.
In the number four match, Roxana’s Troy Holbrook and Hillsboro’s Kyle Butler would split the first two matches, with Butler winning 7-5 then Holbrook winning 6-2 to force a first-to-ten tie-breaker. The Shells’ number four man would beat Butler to the punch, winning 10-3 to take the match.
The number five match was even closer as Hillsboro’s Shaw Riggs and Roxana’s Chris Holbrook both scored 6-2 wins in the first two sets. The younger of the two Holbrooks on the roster would hold off Riggs in the third set, eventually coming away with a 10-7 victory.
The two wins in extra time would help give Roxana a 4-2 advantage in singles play as they also won the number three and six bouts, with Kuper Hester beating Tad Daniels 6-0, 6-1 and Dane Slayden beating Riley Dugan 6-0,6-1.
Hillsboro’s two wins came from Chance Murray and Dom Haggard, who swept the top two spots. Murray defeated Dakota Hall 6-3, 6-3 in the number one match, while Haggard beat Thomas Strohmeier 6-1, 6-2 in the number two draw.
In doubles, Murray and Haggard would team up to try to keep the Toppers hopes of a win alive. They would nearly do so as they took Hall and Troy Holbrook to three sets before falling 3-6, 6-3, 10-6.
Roxana also won the number two bout, with Hester and Chris Holbrook beating Dugan and Daniels 6-0, 6-1, but Hillsboro would get one win as Butler and Riggs bounced back from their singles losses to take a 6-2, 6-7, 10-5 win over Strohmeier and Slayden.
The Tennis Toppers will have a tough test ahead of them on Thursday, May 13, as they play Greenville on the Comets’ home courts.
May 10 at Roxana
Roxana 6, Hillsboro 3
Singles: 1. Chance Murray (H) def. Dakota Hall (R) 6-3, 6-3; 2. Dom Haggard (H) def. Thomas Strohmeier (R) 6-1, 6-2; 3. Kuper Hester (R) def. Tad Daniels (H) 6-0, 6-1; 4. Troy Holbrook (R) def. Kyle Butler (H) 5-7, 6-2, 10-3; 5. Chris Holbrook (R) def. Shaw Riggs (H) 2-6, 6-2, 10-7; 6. Dane Slayden (R) def. Riley Dugan (H) 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles: 1. Dakota Hall/Troy Holbrook (R) def. Chance Murray/Dom Haggard (H) 3-6, 6-3, 10-6; 2. Kuper Hester/Chris Holbrook (R) def. Tad Daniels/Riley Dugan (H) 6-0, 6-1; 3. Kyle Butler/Shaw Riggs (H) def. Thomas Strohmeier/Dane Slayden (R) 6-2, 6-7, 10-5.