Hesston netters finish 1-2 in doubles at state

By Steve Sell
October 16, 2017

PRAIRIE VILLAGE — No matter what happened in the doubles finals in the Class 3-2-1A State Tennis Tournament on Saturday, the Hesston Swathers were going to come away a winner.

The Swathers’ Ashley Hubbard and Makaiya Russell met teammates Kylie Martin and Michaela Martin for the championship, with Hubbard and Russell coming away with a 6-3, 6-0 victory.

Along with Halle Krehbiel’s fifth-place finish in singles, the Swathers scored 40 points to take second place, only exceeded by Kansas City Christian as it scored 44, led by singles champion Lily McNeil.

Hubbard and Russell finished the year 26-4. Hubbard will be back next year, while Russell finished her career.

Kylie Martin is a junior and Michaela Martin is a freshman. With Krehbiel being a sophomore, the Swathers appear primed to make another run at Kansas City Christian next year. The private-school power, however, has five of its top six players returning, so the two teams could go down to the wire again next year.

“Having both doubles teams in the finals was really special for our team and was key to getting second as a team,” Hesston coach Travis Sebits said. “Halle Krehbiel, our singles entry, played the eventual state champion (McNeil) in the quarterfinal match, but then won her last three matches in very convincing fashion to take fifth place. I could not be prouder of this team and the state tournament that they had.  This is the first time that Hesston has ever had two entries in the state finals together.”