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Shewey wins 4 matches at state tourney

Hillsboro High School senior tennis player Grant Shewey placed sixth Saturday at the 3-2-1A state tennis tournament in Hillsboro.

Shewey won his first-round match Friday against Jacob Weber of Trego County, 6-1 and 6-4, before losing in the second round to Jordan Stewart of Sterling, 6-4 and 6-4.

On the consolation side of the bracket Saturday, Shewey defeated Eli Aholm of Kansas City Christian, 9-0; Jaret Johnson of Larned, 9-8 and 7-4 in the tiebreaker; and Jared Friesen of Meade, 9-2.

“After his first round opponent, all the guys he played had very good records — in fact his next three wins came against players that came into state with a combined 64-14 record,” coach Stuart Holmes said.

Shewey lost to Stewart for a second time, 9-3, in the fifth-place match.

He ended the season with a 22-8 record.

“Grant not only did an excellent job physically of consistently hitting good shots but also did a great job with his strategy and mental part of the game,” Holmes said. “In each match, he took into consideration his opponents’ strengths and weaknesses and hit shots with a specific location or pace that really helped him win points.

“Winning four matches at state is terrific and Grant should feel good about how strongly he finished the season,” Holmes said.

Last modified May 18, 2011

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