Tennis Toppers Score Second Straight Victory


No matter how you slice it, 2-0 looks pretty good for the Hillsboro High School boys tennis team.

With more new faces after a break from the school operetta, Hillsboro picked up win number two in as many chances on Monday, April 26, with a 5-4 victory over Jacksonville at the Hillsboro Sports Complex.

The Toppers had to contend with much more than the Crimsons on Monday as a strong wind made conditions challenging for both teams.

Despite the wind, Hillsboro breezed through four of their six singles matches, with Chance Murray, Kyle Butler, Frankie Passariello and Shaw Riggs all coming away with straight-set wins. The foursome gave up just 18 points in their matches, outscoring their opponents by 30.

The other two singles matches would feature first sets that went down to the wire. Levi Birdsell would defeat Tad Daniels 9-7 in set one, then finished off the win with a 6-2 second set, while Riley Dugan took Matthew Machino to 7-5 in the first set, before bowing out 6-2 in the second.

Daniels would get his revenge in doubles play,  though, as he teamed up with Riggs to secure an 8-0 victory and win number two for the Toppers.

Hillsboro would drop the other two doubles matches by matching 8-6 final scores, but the win by Daniels and Riggs would keep them undefeated on the young season.

A match with Centralia was postponed on Tuesday, April 27, meaning Hillsboro’s next chance to extend their win streak is Saturday, May 1, at Washington Park against Springfield High School. 

April 29 at Hillsboro

Hillsboro 5, Jacksonville 4

Singles: 1. Chance Murray (H) def. Brady Wade (J) 6-4, 6-2; 2. Levi Birdsell (J) def. Tad Daniels 9-7, 6-2; 3. Matthew Machino (J) def. Riley Dugan (H) 7-5, 6-2; 4. Kyle Butler (H) def. Josh Crowder (J) 6-2, 6-2; 5. Frankie Passariello (H) def. Jeremy Deatherage (J) 6-2, 6-4; 6. Shaw Riggs (H) def. Steven Doss (J) 6-0, 6-2.

Doubles: 1. Brady Wade/Levi Birdsell (J) def. Chance Murray/Kyle Butler (H) 8-6; 2. Matthew Machino/Josh Crowder (J) def. Riley Dugan/Frankie Passariello (H) 8-6; 3. Tad Daniels/Shaw Riggs (H) def. Jeremy Deatherage/Steven Doss (J) 8-0.

Record: Hillsboro (2-0).


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