For Hillsboro sophomore Grant Shewey, an opening-round win was a solid accomplishment for a first-time competitor at the Class 3-2-1A state tennis tournament Friday in Wamego.
Shewey defeated Jaro Wicht?ler of Chaparral, 6-2, 6-4, in their first match of the day.
?Pretty much everyone at state is a quality player, so it was great to get a first-round win,? said Trojan coach Stuart Holmes. ?Grant and his opponent had many long rallies, and Grant did a great job of being consistent as well as winning the last two games after the score was 4-all in the second set.?
In the round of 16, Shewey faced last year?s state runner-up, Bryan Thomas of Maranatha Academy, and lost, 6-0. 6-0.
?Grant did a great job of accepting the challenge of playing one of the top players in the state and played some great points,? Holmes said. ?Grant was able to get it to deuce in four or five games but was not able to win a game even though he competed and played well.?
Shewey ended his state experience with a 9-4 loss to Brandon Katt of Trego Community in their first consolation-bracket match.
?Even though Grant continued to play his best tennis of the year, his opponent was able to win a couple of long games that were key,? Holmes said. ?So instead of it being 6-all, it was 8-4 at one point. The match was closer than the final game count.?
Shewey ended his season with a 17-15 record.