Sections

Weather Forecast

Close

Northland Cinema 5 to close at end of month: Owners pursuing options for new location in 2016

Advertisement

Girls tennis: Trojans move to 3-2 in conference

Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
sports Worthington,Minnesota 56187 http://www.dglobe.com/sites/all/themes/dglobe_theme/images/social_default_image.png
Daily Globe
(507) 376-5202 customer support
Girls tennis: Trojans move to 3-2 in conference
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Trojans’ 5-2 girls tennis victory over Pipestone Area Friday may have been a turning point in more ways than one.

Advertisement
Advertisement

The win moved WHS to 3-2 in Southwest Conference action. And, coming at the conclusion of a busy week of tennis when the Trojans engaged in competitive matches virtually every day, head coach Mike Marquardt said the outcome may have moved the dial on the players’ emotional meters.

“There were a lot of close matches and we were able to step up in all of them,” said Marquardt. “The experiences we had during the week were more mental than physical, and that’s what put us over the hump in the matches.”

Worthington split the four singles matches with the Arrows and swept the doubles contests.

Emily Williamson defeated Pipestone Area’s Abby Steffan in convincing fashion, 6-1, 6-1. Worthington also won the second singles match with Laura Wetering defeating Nicole Scotting 7-6, 6-1.

Pipestone Area won at third and fourth singles. At No. 3, Tayla Sysavath was a 6-2, 6-1 victor over the Trojans’ Paige Stewart, and at No. 4 Lauren Lapthorn beat Worthington’s Shelby Larson 6-3, 7-6 (7-5 tiebreaker).

Sarah Janssen and Makensie Carstensen topped the Arrows’ Veronica Johnson and Maya Bledsoe 7-5, 6-0 at No. 1 doubles. Brianna Kempema and Annie Lesnar beat Sarah Woelber and Tory Van Essen 6-3, 7-6 (7-1 tiebreaker). And at No. 3 doubles, Worthington’s Alicia Khatt and Miranda LeBrun defeated Kirsten Houg and Serena Wipf 7-5, 7-6 (7-2 tiebreaker).

Friday’s match with Steffan put Williamson in a particularly good mood. In a Sept. 12 match against Marshall’s Jenna Gannott, Williamson lost a three-setter that she remembered as “a heartbreaker.” But on Friday, the junior with the wicked first serve handled every part of her game well.

“I was in a slump for a while. I had a real tough match (against Gannott),” Williamson said moments after the victory over Steffan. “I just played my game. I really think I broke a barrier. This match was a real good serving game for me. And my control in this match was maybe the best ever.”

Marquardt agreed.

“She did turn a corner,” he said. “She’s got a set first serve. But now she knows what to do in the middle and at the finish.”

Advertisement
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 six grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He self-publishes short stories in his spare time. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" are being distributed through a national publisher.
(507) 376-7328
Advertisement
Advertisement
randomness