Trojan Tennis: Trojans knock off Cardinals
WORTHINGTON -- Sometimes a loss is not just a loss, but an opportunity for growth.
Worthington High School tennis player Carter Lindner is hoping to use Monday's first singles three-set setback against Fairmont's Grant Becker as an instrument for improvement. After rolling to a 6-1 victory in the first set at Worthington's middle school courts, Lindner was beaten in the next two sets, 6-2, 6-4. It was a matter of Becker making adjustments and Lindner being unable to counter.
"He started playing a lot better," Lindner, a junior, said of his opponent. "It wasn't that I wasn't playing well, but he really picked it up."
Becker's improved results had a lot to do with his adjustment in strategy. He sliced the ball more often against the taller, lankier Lindner, and put more backspin on the ball. A higher percentage of short volleys forced Lindner to run more. Becker served better, too.
Lindner said he knows what to work on this week to get better -- serves and short volleys.
As a team, the Trojans fared better on the warm, breezy day, defeating the visiting Cardinals on a 4-3 score. Worthington's second singles player, Andrew Johnson, defeated Fairmont's Sterlin Johnson 6-0, 6-1. And at third singles, the Trojans' Ben Doeden bested Tyler Head 6-2, 6-1.
Fairmont's fourth singles entry, Carter Klanderes, won his match against Worthington's Bryan Doeden 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The Trojans' first doubles team of Dillon Pederson and A.J. Hayenga defeated Fairmont's J.T. Vesselman and Andrew Johnson 6-3, 6-0. Worthington's second doubles duo of Kody Honius and Nick Newman were 6-1, 6-4 winners over Ryan Busche and Mitch Anderson. But Fairmont's third doubles team of Tony Joseph and Calvin King beat Worthington's Caleb Dirksen and Levi Blanchard 6-3, 6-2.
In an exhibition doubles match, Worthington's Jonah McDonald and Scott Schneider were beaten 8-5.
"It's definitely nice to be on the other side of a 4-3," said WHS head coach Mike Marquardt. "We played well, but we can play better."