NORTH NEWTON — It was just a three-team tennis meet on Friday, but it was certainly loaded.
Hesston, the No. 1-ranked team in Class 3-2-1A, took on fellow small-school powers Conway Springs and Central Plains as the tennis was played at a high level.
Hesston was a 7-2 winner over Conway Springs, though the matches were close. The Swathers won five of the six singles matches and two of three in doubles.
In singles, winners were Garrett Roth, Grant Dahlsten, Kendrick Weaver, Jorge Morales and Mason Barber. Doubles winners were Dahlsten-Roth and Weaver-Daniel Holthus.
The match with Central Plains was a dandy as the teams went 3-3 in singles, with the Swathers’ doubles play the difference. The teams of Dahlsten-Roth and Barber-Morales triumphed. Holthus, Weaver and Barber had won singles matches.
“This was a great dual (with Central Plains) as all our kids contributed,” Hesston coach Mark Dahlsten said. “Almost all of the singles matches were very competitive and we came out of those tied 3-3. Before playing doubles, we gathered as a team to talk about what needed to happen. I felt pretty good about Grant and Garrett and they came through, but the match of the day was Jorge and Mason. They were the last match to finish, so both teams knew that the winner of that match would determine who would win the dual. Mason and Jorge played with a bunch of passion and were able to pull it out (8-7).”
Dahlsten said he also was pleased with the Conway Springs result. “Conway competed hard and although the scores may not indicate it, we had some close matches, particularly in doubles,” he said.