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State tennis: Luverne defeated, 7-0 and 4-3

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MINNEAPOLIS — Last year’s 4-3 loss to Mound Westonka in the state Class A boys tennis tournament was both a disappointment and a challenge for the Luverne Cardinals.

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Their challenge was to get back to state, and maybe win a match there.

The Cardinals did indeed return to state in 2014, for a fifth consecutive time, but their desire to win a state tournament match was rebuffed again on Tuesday in a 4-3 loss to — you guessed it — Mound Westonka.

The Cardinals of coach Greg Antoine opened tournament play at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center Tuesday morning with a 7-0 quarterfinal loss to Breck School. In the consolation round Tuesday afternoon, Mound Westonka won three singles matches and one doubles match to edge LHS.

Breck, which placed second in last year’s Class A tournament, won all its matches against Luverne in straight sets.

Austin Wong defeated Jonny Vajgrt 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Lewis White beat Andrew Jelken 6-2, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. Sam Fernandez topped Erik Wohnoutka 6-4, 6-3 at third singles and Charlie Prest beat Jacob Jarchow 6-0, 6-1 at fourth singles.

The Breck No. 1 doubles team of Jake Duzbury and Prashant Godishala defeated Luverne’s Blake Ziegler and Cory Stroeh 6-0, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Charlie Gamer and Seamus Walsh beat Hunter Robinson and Chris Jelken 6-4, 6-4. At third singles, Atlas Finsh and Ryan Etzwiler turned back Dalton Schoeneman and Toby Sengvongxay 6-0, 6-1.

The one singles match that went Luverne’s way in the consolation round when No. 3 singles entry Wohnoutka topped Tony Levens 6-2, 6-3.

But at No. 1 singles the White Hawks’ Luke Moorhead defeated Vajgrt 6-0, 6-0. At No. 2 singles, Arend Turner beat Jelken 6-0, 6-0. And at No. 4 singles, Matt Hubert got the best of Jarchow 6-4, 6-0.

Luverne’s No. 1 doubles team of Ziegler and Stroeh participated in a tough match against the Hawks’ Travor Omann and Torsten Lee, with the Cardinals’ duo winning 4-6, 6-3, 10-7. And at No. 2 doubles, Robinson and Jelken prevailed in another tight one over Zach Martin and Timmy Levens 6-4, 3-6, 10-8.

The No. 3 doubles match went the way of Mound Westonka as Jude Pierce and Sam Abegglen topped Schoeneman and Sengvongxay 6-1, 7-5.

“Breck was really strong. We played well; they’re just a strong, strong team,” said Antoine.

The Mound Westonka match might have gone either way.

“At one point we were ahead at all three doubles. We played tough,” said the coach.

The team portion of the state tournament concludes today. On Thursday, Luverne and Worthington will send players into the individual tourney.

At 10 a.m., the Cardinals’ Vajgrt and Wohnoutka open against Thief River Falls’ Hunter Blowers and Jorde Hutton. Also at 10 a.m., Worthington’s Andrew Johnson and Carter Lindner square off with Rochester Lourdes’ David Turlington and Nico Villarraga. Luverne’s Andrew Jelken will play Mound Westonka’s Arend Turner in an 8 a.m. singles match.

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