By Mark Schnabel
WICHITA — When the dust settled, just five points separated the first four teams in the Class 3-2-1A State Girls’ Tennis Championships, which concluded Saturday at the Wulz Riverside Tennis Center in Wichita.
The Hesston Swathers finished third in the tournament, one point out of second and three points out of defending the state title.
Wichita Independent won the title with 37 points, followed by Kansas City Christian at 35, Hesston at 34, Conway Springs at 32 and Central Plains at 26. There were 16 teams that scored and 22 teams that competed.
Three of Hesston’s four entries finished with medals.
The Swathers were led by Morgan Holopirek, who finished as state runner-up in singles play.
Holopirek opened Saturday with a semifinal win over Lilly McNiell of Kansas City Christian 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2). In the finals, a rematch of last week’s regional finals, Holopirek fell to Anna Reidmiller of Wichita Independent 6-1, 6-1.
Holopirek, a senior, ends the season 26-4
The team of Olivia Brubacher and Kylie Martin finished in fifth. In the consolation quarterfinals, the Hesston duo downed Betton Wolters and Savannag Noel of Osborne 9-3. In the consolation semifinals, they downed Taylor May and Karlee Osner of Conway Springs 9-3. In the consolation finals, Brubacher and Martin topped Emma Harmon and Tyann Schremmer of league rival Hoisington 9-1.
Brubacher, a senior, and Martin, a sophomore, finish the season 24-7.
The team of Makaiya Russell and Ashley Hubbard finished ninth. In the consolation quarterfinals, Russell and Hubbard fell to Harmon and Schremmer 9-7. In the consolation semifinals, Russell and Hubbard downed Sabrina Hughbanks and Savannah Hughbanks of South Barber 9-4. In the seventh-place match, Russell and Hubbard downed Wolters and Noel 9-8 (7-5).
Russell, a junior, and Hubbard, a sophomore, finish the season 24-4.
State Girls' Tennis
Team scores — Wichita Independent 37, Kansas City Christian 35, Hesston 34, Conway Springs 32, Central Plains 26, Sterling 24, Marysville 18, Hoisington 10, Victoria 9, Osborne 7, Kingman 5, South Barber 4, Perry-Lecompton 2, Phillipsburg 2, Meade 1, Greeley County 1, Chaparral 0, Ashland 0, Russell 0, Ellinwood 0, Sabetha 0, Ellsworth.
Singles — 1. A. Riedmiller, Wichita Independent, def. Holopirek, Hesston, 6-1, 6-1; 3. L. McNeill, KC Christian, def. Thrasher, Sterling, 6-2, 6-2; 5. E. Ryan, Central Plains, def. Downard, Marysville, 9-4; 7. Bellar, Conway Springs, def. Gilmore, Sterling, 9-1; 9. Radke, Victoria, def. Cadman, Independent, 9-2; 11. Roe, Kingman, def. Jantsch, KC Christian, 9-4.
Doubles — 1. Hipp-J. Ryan, Central Plains, def. O. Riedmiller-Shaw, Independent, 6-2, 6-2; 3. M. McNeill-Vialle, KC Christian, def. Koch-Ebenkamp, Conway Springs, 6-2, 6-4; 5. Brubacher-Martin, Hesston, def. Harmon-Schremmer, Hoisington, 9-1; 7. May-Osner, Conway Springs, def. Holthaus-Bruna, Marysville, 9-6; 9. Russell-Hubbard, Hesston, def. Wolters-Noel, Osborne, 9-8 (5); 11. Termini-Eldred, KC Christian, def. Sab. Hughbanks-Sav. Hughbanks, South Barber, 9-2.
2. Morgan Holopirek (3-1): 1. bye; 2. W Erin LeiVan, Osborne 6-2, 6-0; QF. W Sabrina Bellar, Conway Springs 6-3, 6-1; SF. W Lilly McNiell, Kansas City Christian 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-2); F. L Anna Riedmiller, Wichita Independent 6-1, 6-1.
Halle Krehbiel (2-2): 1. W Kayla Roth, Kingman 6-2, 6-1; 1. L Emily Ryan, Central Plains 6-0, 6-1; C1. W Megan Hill, Marysville 9-3; C2. L Shelby Downard, Marysville 9-1.
5. Olivia Brubacher-Kylie Martin (4-1): 1. bye; 2. W Harleigh Robertson-Gracie Folks, Perry-Lecompton 6-2, 6-2; QF. L Keeley Hipp-Janae Ryan, Central Plains 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 6-1; CQF. W Betton Wolters-Savannah Noel, Osborne 9-3; CSF. W Taylor Mat-Karlee Osner, Conway Springs 9-2; CF. W Emma Harmon-Tyann Schremmer, Hoisington 9-1.
Makaiya Russell-Ashley Hubbard (5-2): 1. W Megan Karst-Morgan Leiker, Victoria 6-3, 6-4; 2. L Alexis Termini-Callie Eldred, Kansas City Christian 7-5, 7-5; C1. W Madison Myers-Hannah Moss Chaparral 9-4; C2. W Sydney Hicks-Hadley Kaff, Wichita Independent 9-4; CQF. L Emma Harmon-Tyann Schremmer, Hoisington 9-7; CSF. W Sabrina Hughbanks-Savannah Hughbanks, South Barber 9-4; 9th. W Betton Wolters-Savannah Noel, Osborne 9-8 (7-5).