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DOUG WOLTER/DAILY GLOBE Worthington’s Brianna Kempema returns a shot Tuesday against New Ulm.

Girls tennis: Trojans tune up, yet succumb

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WORTHINGTON — A second-set tiebreaker was all that stood between defeat and a third set for Worthington Trojans senior Annie Lesnar Tuesday.

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So head coach Mike Marquardt, always ready to encourage, told her it was time to sing.

“Coach told me to start singing my new song. So I started singing my favorite Taylor Swift song and, in between points, just to relax and remember to breathe,” Lesnar said.

Whether it was the song, “Shake it Off,” or just the fact that she got into a groove, Lesnar rebounded from an 0-2 deficit in the second-set tiebreaker to win it 7-2. Alas, she wasn’t as fortunate in the third set. Her opponent, New Ulm’s Sara Guymon, won the No. 3 singles match 6-4, 6-7, 6-2.

After falling to Yellow Medicine East 7-0 at home on Monday, the Trojans girls tennis team lost to New Ulm 5-2 on Tuesday in another home meet.

The Lesnar-Guymon match was by far the event’s longest, which put special pressure on Lesnar, who until Monday hadn’t peformed on the court since she succumbed to illness in the Aug. 19 season opener.

After grabbing the momentum, Lesnar couldn’t hold it Tuesday in the third set as Guymon came up with several outstanding shots to turn the tide back into her favor.

“I know she was tired, but I was exhausted,” Lesnar said.

“I feel I did well placing the ball,” said the WHS senior, who performed in No. 2 doubles on Monday. “My serving could be better. It was my first match playing singles since last year, so that was different.”

Worthington’s victories Tuesday came at No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles. The Trojans’ top singles player, Emily Williamson, rebounded from a three-set setback on Monday to roll over New Ulm’s Taylor Bolduan 6-1, 6-2. The WHS second doubles duo of Paige Stewart and Shelby Larson won 7-5, 6-0 over Emma Vranich and Brianna Widmer.

New Ulm’s Maya Sarkar defeated Worthington’s Brianna Kempema 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. At No. 4 singles, the Eagles’ Rose Dobie topped Worthington’s Kristy Workman 6-1, 6-4.

New Ulm’s No. 1 doubles team of Jane Arnoldt and Gracelyn Sarkar won 6-3, 6-3 over Erika Schutte and Anna Kill. And the visitors’ No. 3 doubles team of Mattea Sievert and Meleah Reinhart dispatched the Trojans’ Vanessa Pazurek and Theresa Biber 6-2, 6-3.

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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.
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