Shewey earns berth in state tennis meet

Hillsboro?s Grant Shewey won only one match at the Class 3-2-1A regional tennis tournament at Wichita Collegiate on Thursday, but it was enough to qualify the sophomore singles player for his first state tournament.

As the No. 4 seed going in, Shewey earned a first-round bye, then posted a come-from-behind 7-5, 6-3 win over Daylen Zoldiver of Douglass.

Shewey trailed Zoldiver 4-0 in the first set, but rallied for the 7-5 win. With the second-set victory, he earned a state berth by being among the top four.

In the semifinals, though, Shewey was shut out by eventual champion Daniel Ritchie of Collegiate, 6-0, 6-0, then lost to Jordan Stewart of Sterling, 6-0, 6-1.

Shewey will be the only Trojan entry to advance. In singles, Jonathan King was eliminated in the first round with a 6-0, 6-2 loss to Taylor Fair of Sterling.

In doubles, the Trojans? lead team of Taylor Hagen and Jarod Hamm, seeded eighth in the tournament, won their first-round match with Shwaber and Ariaza of Douglass, 6-0, 6-0, then lost in the quarterfinals to Some?holder and Dunn of Collegiate, 6-0, 6-1.

Since six doubles teams qualify for state, the losers of the four quarterfinal matches then played the winner of each match qualifying for state.

In that round, Hagen and Hamm lost to Benning and Lindt of Hutchinson Trinity, 6-2, 2-6 and then 10-8 in a super-tiebreaker.

The Trojans? other doubles entry, Jesse Allen and Harry Faber, were eliminated in the first round following a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Zaldiver and Jones of Douglass.

Collegiate ran away with the team title, with entries placing first and second in singles and doubles. Sterling was the regional runner-up.

Shewey will take a 16-13 record into the Class 3-2-1A state tournament in Wamego on Friday and Saturday. Matches begin Friday around 11:30 a.m.

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