Girls tennis: Trojans end season in St. Peter
ST. PETER — Two tennis victories were accomplished by the Worthington Trojans in the Section 2AA individual girls tennis tournament Friday, but no Trojans made it through the second round.
The Trojans’ Emily Williamson, the tournament’s No. 6 seed, won her first match 6-4, 6-2 against Taylor Bolduan of New Ulm. In her next match, she lost 0-6, 0-6 to the tournament’s No. 3 seed, Taylor Koenen of Shakopee.
Worthington senior Rachel Drietz entered the tourney as the No. 13 seed, but despite her long odds she played valiantly against fourth-seeded Lauren Willkom of Chaska. Willkom won the match 6-2, 6-1.
In doubles, Worthington’s Sarah Janssen and Makensie Carstensen (seeded ninth) went up against eighth-seeded Brittany Soupir and Rachel Landmark of Marshall. The WHS pair won that match, 6-3, 6-3 before losing 0-6, 0-6 to top-seeded Julia Snelson and Andrea Erdman of Mankato West.
Worthington’s second doubles team of Annie Lesnar and Brianna Kempema went in as the No. 15 seed against Hutchinson’s Allison Neubarth and Hannah Starke. The Hutchinson pair prevailed 6-0, 6-0.
WHS head coach Mike Marquardt singled out Drietz for special praise, Drietz stayed right with the favored Willkom for most of her match, he said.
The other Trojan players performed well, too, said the coach.
“When you’re seeded what we were, you’re expected to take one out of the four (matches), and we took two. I was very pleased with that,” Marquardt said.
Senior Laura Wetering was named the Trojans’ most valuable player for the 2013 season. Williamson was named the most dedicated. Shelby Larson was named most improved and Lesnar won the award for best sportsmanship.