ANDOVER — You won’t find many tennis meets closer than Thursday’s Andover Invitational.
Hesston, the No. 1 team in Class 3-2-1A, scored 26 points, as did Valley Center. Both were one ahead of Andover Central, while Goddard Eisenhower scored 23 and Andover Blue (22), Andover White (21) and Wellington (21) were all right there as five points separated seven teams.
“We had a pretty good day,” Hesston coach Mark Dahlsten said. “I saw a lot of positive things. Both the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles were really good fields. Grant (Dahlsten) and Garrett (Roth) gutted out a tough win in the finals against a very good Andover Central team. Daniel (Holthus) played much better than his placing shows. Kendrick (Weaver) probably played his best tennis of the year. Zach (Rizza) and Freddie (Loeffler) did a nice job stepping up to the varsity competition.”
Dahlsten and Roth, the No. 1 seed in No. 1 doubles, were an 8-7 winner in the finals against Reilly and Thompson of Andover Central, winning the tiebreaker 10-8. The No. 2 doubles team of Rizza and Loeffler took fourth.
In singles, Holthus was seventh at No. 1, while Weaver took third at No. 2.