Hesston netters seeking to defend state title

By Steve Sell
October 12, 2016

HESSTON — Hesston High’s girls tennis team has been here before.

The defending Class 3-2-1A state champions will attempt to repeat on Friday and Saturday in Wichita when the title will be decided at Riverside Complex.

“Having the experience of last year's team at state certainly does help our team's mindset in knowing how we have to come together to do well as a team,” Hesston coach Travis Sebits said. “For our team to do well as a team, we will need to have all our entries score points, which means they will all need to be in the Top 12.”

The Swathers were ranked No. 1 through the first half of the season before being overtaken by Wichita Independent. The Swathers did defeat Independent at last week’s regional and it could be a replay this weekend.

“I do think our team is playing the best it has all season coming off league and regional wins,” Sebits said. “There are certainly things we need to work on and things we need to clean up and improve upon before the state tournament.”

Hesston’s Morgan Holopirek (23-3) was second in singles to Independent’s Anna Riedmiller (25-1) at last week’s regional. The Swathers’ Halle Krehbiel (16-10) also qualified as the No. 4 finisher, just ahead of Independent’s Sensey Cadman (21-15).

Kansas City Christian’s Lilly McNeil (21-0) is the expected top seed.

In doubles, Hesston’s Olivia Brubacher and Kylie Martin (20-6) were second to Independent’s Olivia Riedmiller and Winnie Shaw (17-3) last weekend. Hesston qualified Makayla Russell and Ashley Hubbard as the No. 3 finisher, while Independent’s No. 2 team of Sydney Hicks and Haldey Kaff (10-9) were fifth.

Doubles is loaded as Central Plains’ Keeley Hipp and Janae Ryan are undefeated at 31-0, while Kansas City Christian’s Molly McNeill and Anna Vialle are 18-1.