Boys tennis: Trojans rout PA; Luverne rolls
WORTHINGTON — Worthington High School boys tennis coach Mike Marquardt didn’t seem all that concerned Monday night after his squad lost a 4-3 decision to host Montevideo in the 2014 season opener. The Trojans were ready to put up impressive numbers this year, he promised.
On Tuesday, the Trojans began delivering on those numbers. In a home match against Southwest Conference rival Pipestone Area, Worthington earned a 6-1 victory, never allowing the Arrows more than one game in each of the four singles matches and winning two of three doubles outings in impressive fashion, as well.
Pipestone Area’s only victory came at No. 3 doubles where Elijah Everson and Tyse Woelber dispatched the Trojans’ D.J. Berger and Sebastian Licea 7-6 (7-2), 6-3.
The Arrows, though not long on depth, are expecting to field a solid team this year with the return of a few experienced players. On Tuesday at Worthington’s middle school courts, however, they were no match for the Trojans.
WHS No. 1 singles player Carter Lindner won his match 6-0, 6-0 against the Arrows’ Trace Lueck. At No. 2 singles, Andrew Johnson beat the Arrows’ Jared Carlson 6-1, 6-0 and at No. 3 singles Worthington’s Ben Doeden topped Joe Morgan 6-0, 6-1. Worthington’s No. 4 singles player, Nick Newman, turned away Pipestone Area’s Tyl Woelber 6-0, 6-0.
On Monday, Marquardt remarked that the Trojans’ serving was just a little off. On Tuesday, Lindner started a little slow but quickly got his serving game together.
“I was a little shaky at first. This was just the second time we were out on the courts, so getting into a groove was important. I got into a groove with my serve,” said Lindner, who teamed with Johnson last year to qualify for the state tournament.
Serving is important to Lindner particularly, he said.
“It’s probably the most important part for me. I consider myself having a good serve and it helps set up my points pretty good. It gets me some free points and some quicker points because I can get up to the net right away and set up points better,” Lindner said.
In other doubles matches Tuesday, the Trojans’ Isaac Houselog and Levi Blanchard defeated Jarod Schiebout and Nathan Baatz 6-0, 6-0 at first doubles. At second doubles, Trojans Bryan Doeden and Jonah McDonald won 6-2, 6-1 over Pipestone Area’s Bill Smith and Chandler Haag.
Luverne 7, Vermillion 0
LUVERNE — Host Luverne moved to 3-1 on the season and 1-0 in dual meets with a convincing victory over Vermillion, S.D. Andrew Jelken defeated Jacob Ford 6-1, 6-2 at first singles. Erik Wohnoutka won 6-0, 6-1 at second singles, Jacob Jarchow won 6-0, 6-2 at third singles and Isaac Gillette won 6-2, 6-3 at fourth singles.
Hunter Robinson and Cory Stroeh won 6-1, 6-0 at first doubles, Toby Sengvongxay and Dalton Schoeneman won 6-1, 6-1 at second doubles and Spencer Schacht and Tanner Baustian won 6-1, 6-3 at third doubles.
Luverne dominated despite the absense of two veteran LHS players, Jonny Vajgrt and Blake Ziegler, who had a prior engagement in the Twin Cities.