Hesston netters stay on a roll

By Steve Sell
April 14, 2015

WICHITA — Hesston High’s boys tennis team lived up to its No. 3 Class 3-2-1A state ranking on Monday, taking first place in the Wichita Collegiate Invitational.

The Swathers scored 24 points to share the title with Class 5A power Goddard Eisenhower.

“Another solid performance today,” Hesston coach Mark Dahlsten said. “I like our team and how we are coming together. They are a good group of kids and it is fun to see them having the success they are having.”

Other totals were Wichita Collegiate (20), Andover Central (15), Derby (13), Maize (8), Kapaun (6) and Wellington (6).

Grant Dahlsten and Garrett Roth headlined the Swathers’ performance by winning the championship at No. 2 doubles with a 3-0 record.

“Grant and Garrett probably played their best tennis of the year today,” Dahlsten said. “The final was really good as we had to come from behind on three different occasions to force a tiebreaker.”

Dahlsten and Roth had to defeat Andover Central’s Thompson and Hoffman 8-7 (7-4) for the crown.

Collin Marin was 2-1 at No. 1 singles, losing to Ewy of Wichita Collegiate 8-4 in the finals. “Collin played well today,” Dahlsten said. “I feel that Collin is really constructing points well.”

Gus Williams and Daniel Holthus were 2-1 at No. 2 doubles for second, losing 8-7 (7-4) in the finals to McGreevy and Anderson of Eisenhower.

“Gus and Daniel played very well today,” Dahlsten said. “We dominated early and then played a good Eisenhower team.”

Mason Barber played No. 2 singles and was 1-2 for fourth place. It was his debut and Dahlsten said he “did a fine job.”