Boys tennis: WHS loses opener, 4-3, at Montevideo
MONTEVIDEO — Three of four singles entries won, but all three doubles teams lost as the Worthington Trojans boys tennis team dropped its season opener 4-3 Monday on the road in Montevideo.
The Trojans’ Carter Lindner beat Monty’s Jesse Erickson 6-1, 6-2 at first singles, and teammate Andrew Johnson beat Jared Save 6-2, 6-4 at second singles. At No. 4 singles, Worthington’s Nick Newman topped Caleb Hansen 6-1, 6-0.
Montevideo’s No. 3 singles player, Taylor Landmark, won a tough match from Worthington’s Ben Doeden 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4.
In No. 1 doubles, Montevideo’s Martin Moore and Tristan Voorhees beat the Trojans’ Isaac Houselog and Levi Blanchard 7-5, 2-6, 7-5. At No. 2 doubles, Connor Dann and Ryan Neville won 6-2, 6-4 over Worthington’s Sebastian Licea and Brandon Harberts. And at No. 3, Dennis Albers and Brennan Johnson won 6-4, 6-3 over the Trojans’ Jordan Jensen and Ernst Corolan.
“We didn’t start as strong as I wanted to. But the serving went better as we went along,” said WHS head coach Mike Marquardt. “We weren’t finishing the way we can.”
Marquardt said the result, however, against a good Montevideo team, did nothing to discourage his belief that the Trojans are going to enjoy a fine 2014 season. WHS hosts Southwest Conference opponent Pipestone Area today.
In junior varsity action Monday, Worthington’s Nate Gustaf and Porter Elsing lost a 7-6 (7-5), 7-4 decision to Montevideo while Trojans Kyle Janssen and Licea won a 6-3, 7-5 match.