TROJAN BOYS TENNIS: Trojans dismantle Arrows
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojan boys' tennis team picked up their first win of the season in a 7-0 victory over the Pipestone Area Arrows Thursday.
"It was good to get back out on the courts for a game again after another layoff," WHS coach Mike Marquardt said. "We were able to be more consistent with our ground strokes and were more patient with our shot selection."
Worthington's No. 1 singles player Carter Kirk swept Pipestone Area's Levi Carstensen in two matches, both by a score of 6-0. In the No. 2 singles match, the Trojans' Andrew Johnson took down the Arrow's Trace Luerk 6-0 and 6-0 in straight sets.
"We finished pretty well today as a team," Marquardt said. "Pipestone Area is a pretty young team, so the experience our players were able to bring to the match was what really gave us an edge."
At No. 3 singles, Worthington's A.J. Hayenga won his first game over Pipestone Area's Jared Carlson by a score of 6-1.
"I felt like I was able to play pretty well today," Hayenga said. "I was able to hit my shots, unlike last time against Luverne where I was missing quite a few of them."
Hayenga shut out Carlson in the second game to complete the two set sweep and give the Trojans their third point of the day.
"I changed the direction of my ball today and that forced him to run around a lot," Hayenga said. "Even though we weren't able to get outside much lately, I was able to work on my finesse and that really helped me place my shots and control the game today."
In the No. 4 singles match, Worthington's Ben Doeden knocked off Pipestone Area's Joe Morgan in two sets, 6-0 and 6-0.
"I felt a lot better today and I feel like I was finally able to shake the rust off," Doeden said. "My serve was a lot more consistent and I was placing the ball better today. I think those two things were key to me getting the win."
Trojan doubles teammates Dillon Pederson and Nick Newman defeated the Arrows' Jared Schiebout and Nathan Baatz in three sets. They lost the first match 6-4 before winning the next two sets 7-6 (7-4) and 6-0 to get the win.
"We were able to rely on our experience to get us wins today," Marquardt said. "Once the guys got into a groove they really started to play well."
The No. 2 doubles pair of Issac Houselog and Kody Honius (WHS) took their first set 6-0 and then won 6-3 over Bill Smith and Chandler Haas (PA). At No. 3 doubles, Worthington's Caleb Diekson and Bryan Doeden knocked off Pipestone Area's Ejah Everson and Tice Woelber 6-2 and 6-3.
"The guys' confidence grew a lot as the matches went on," Marquardt said. "When that happened the confidence of the other team's players went down and we were able to get the wins."
The Trojans played two JV singles matches and seven doubles matches.
Levi Blaneland and Jonah McDonald won their doubles match 8-7, while Orissa Nithibon and Scott Schnieder won 8-4.
Kenneth Garcia and Nate Gustaf lost 8-4 in their game, while Porter Elsing and Jordan Jensen lost two sets 7-5 and 7-5. Nick Putman and Max Landerud fell 8-3 in their doubles match.
Bradon Harberts and Ernst Coriolan won two games 7-5 and 7-5, while Carter Ponto and Kyle Janssen won their match 8-3.
The Trojans (1-1) travel to Madison to take on Lac qui Parle Valley today; then host Yellow Medicine Monday and travel to Luverne Tuesday.
Luverne 7, RWV 0
REDWOOD FALLS -- The Luverne boys' tennis team improved to 7-0 on the season with a 7-0 sweep of the Redwood Valley Cardinals Thursday.
"Our experience really showed today," Greg Antoine said. "RWV was a pretty inexperienced team and we took it to them. Everybody played very well today. We hadn't actually been on the courts for a practice for three weeks."
Joey Vajgrt, Jonny Vajgrt, Dustin Deutsch and Andrew Jelken won their matches at first, second, third and fourth singles respectively in two sets each to give the Cardinals their first four points of the day.
In doubles, teammates Blake Ziegler and Scott Nelson won their match 6-0 and 6-0 at No. 1 doubles, while Ethan Johnson and Matt Arends also swept their two matches (6-0, 6-0) at No. 2 doubles. Zach Gillette and Hunter Robinson took their match in two sets at No. 3 doubles (6-0, 6-0) to give Luverne a perfect 7-0 final score.
"Our doubles teams are really showing their experience," Antoine said. "We shifted around again today and it seemed to work fine again."
The Cardinals host Worthington Tuesday and then head to Pipestone Area Thursday.