Shewey/Hagen sweep doubles titles


Jarod Hamm follows through on a backhander in a No. 1 singles tournament match April 21.

The Hillsboro doubles team of Clay Shewey and Taylor Hagen won the No. 1 doubles title in back-to-back tournaments in Hillsboro last Monday and Tuesday.

Monday?s tournament was a continuation of the weather-suspended Hillsboro Invitational from April 9, and Tuesday?s tournament was the regularly scheduled Trojan Invitational.

On Monday, the Trojan twosome claimed victories over Kolton Talbott and Ryan Yenni of Smoky Valley (8-5), Josh Dohr?man and Alex Davis of Nicker?son (8-3) and Kayle Barkley and Cole Ebenkamp of Conway Springs (8-6).

The following day, Shewey and Hagen beat Luke McDaniels and Ian Jones of Neodesha (8-5), Peter Bastian and Jacob Wilson of Wichita Independent (8-4) and Keenan Jensen and Taylor Redding of Hesston (8-2).

?Clay and Taylor raised their season record to 12-4 and have won nine matches in a row now,? coach Stuart Holmes said. ?When they get to playing well, like they did in their semifinal and final match, they can play some pretty good tennis.?

In other matches Monday, Jarod Hamm placed fourth with a 1-2 record in No. 1 singles, Grant Shewey was second in No. 2 singles at 2-1 and Joe Fisher and Ben Gottsch placed third in No. 2 singles with a 2-1 record.

At Tuesday?s tournament, Hamm took fifth place with a 2-1 record at No. 1, Shewey took fourth in No. 2 at 1-2, and Nolan Dirks teamed with Gottsch to claim third place at 2-1.

As a team, Hillsboro placed second in both tournaments.

At Monday?s Hillsboro Invitational, Hutchinson Trinity won with 56 points, followed by Hillsboro with 55, Conway Springs 52, Smoky Valley 39, Nickerson 35, Chapman 20 and Circle 12.

At the Trojan Invitational Tuesday, Sterling won with 56 points followed by Hillsboro with 48, Wichita Independent 48, Hesston 45, Wichita Collegiate 33, Wichita Trinity 21 and Neodesha 13.

?It was great to win the second-place plaque as a team as the guys continue to improve and put forth a great team effort,? Holmes said. ??But we also know that Hesston, Wichita Collegiate and Wichita Independent didn?t send their top guys, so we?ve got to keep working at improving each day in practice.?

Ellinwood?The Trojans capped last week with a triangular at Ellinwood in which all six players competed in both singles and doubles.

In singles, Clay Shewey went 2-0 as No. 1, Jarod Hamm was 0-2 as No. 2, Taylor Hagen went 1-1 as No. 3, Grant Shewey was 2-0 as No. 4, Nolan Dirks went 1-1 as No. 5 and Ben Gottsch was 1-1 as No. 6.

In doubles, Clay Shewey and Hagen went 2-0 at No. 1 to extend their win streak to 11 matches in a row, Dirks and Gottsch went 1-1 at No. 2 and Hamm and Grant Shewey was 2-0 at No. 3.

?It was interesting to play a different format, basically like colleges do,? coach Stuart Holmes said. ?The Sheweys had a good day as both Clay and Grant were 4-0 on the day.?

Coming?The Trojan varsity was scheduled to play Tuesday at the Hesston Invitational. The next competition will be at the MCAA league tournament Monday, May 4, at Hesston.

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