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Boys tennis: Trojans top Redwood Valley 6-1

BRIAN KORTHALS/DAILY GLOBE Worthington Trojan Levi Blanchard focuses on a return shot during his No. 1 doubles match Thursday afternoon in Worthington.

WORTHINGTON — It wasn’t just that the Worthington Trojans dominated their boys tennis match with visiting Redwood Valley Thursday afternoon. It was the way in which they produced their 6-1 victory that had head coach Mike Marquardt pleased.

“I was happy with the performance. We talked about starting strong with our serves and finishing with volleys. And we’re making progress with that,” Marquardt said.

Two days after beating Southwest Conference rival Pipestone Area 6-1 at the middle school courts, the Trojans beat another conference opponent by the same 6-1 margin.

Their only loss came at first doubles. In that match — the last match on the court — Redwood’s Cole Pettis and Sam Christenson earned a hard-fought 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Worthington’s Isaac Houselog and Levi Blanchard.

Worthington won every other match in straight sets, never dropping more than three games in any set.

Marquardt said his Trojans, now 2-1 on the season, are learning how to set up their points. It starts, he said, with placement of serve.

“You want ‘em to think, but you still want their thoughts on the other side of the net,” he said, meaning that it’s best not to worry about the things that aren’t working for themselves but instead concentrate on attacking opponents’ weaknesses.

At No. 1 singles, Worthington’s Carter Lindner won a 6-2, 6-3 decision over the Cardinals’ Tyler Hagen. Andrew Johnson won 6-1, 6-0 over Redwood’s Armando Davila at No. 2 singles. At third singles, Worthington’s Ben Doeden beat Max Russell 6-1, 6-1. And at fourth singles, Nick Newman blanked Nate Benson 6-0, 6-0.

Worthington’s No. 2 doubles team of Bryan Doeden and Jonah McDonald won 6-0, 6-0 against Redwood Valley’s Michael Davila and Jon Lammers. And the Trojans’ D.J. Berger and Sebastian Licea beat Aaron Boyle and Nathaniel Passe 6-1, 6-3.

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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