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Trojans edged by Arrows, 4-3

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Trojans edged by Arrows, 4-3
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

WORTHINGTON -- Behind three singles victories, the Pipestone Area girls' tennis team defeated the Worthington Trojans Monday afternoon.

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The Arrows (3-7, 2-0) were also victorious at No. 1 doubles for the 4-3 victory over the Trojans (3-7, 0-2).

"I knew it was going to be close; I knew it was going to be a 4-3 (score)," Worthington head coach Mike Marquardt said. "I was really hoping that it would be in our favor, but you had a third set match at four singles, a third set match at third doubles. For the most part, those are really tough positions because it gets really competitive. The skill level is really about the same, and it depends on the day."

At the No. 4 singles, Worthington's Sameera Nalla and PA's Katie Schelhass needed two hours and three sets to determine the outcome. Schelhass came out victorious, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2.

"At No. 4, it was an amazing match," Pipestone Area head coach Ed Gustafson said. "They just kept volleying and volleying, but that's what she does pretty much. She's had hours and hours of matches."

At the No. 3 doubles spot, Worthington's Amy Schutte and Leigh Van Hove dropped the first set but recovered to defeat Berit Henrickson and Lisa Slinger 4-6, 6-0, 6-2.

PA's Katalyn Templin defeated Raquel Leinen 6-1, 6-3 at the No. 1 singles spot.

"I thought at times we played some really good shots, especially at No. 1 singles," Gustafson said. "She was hitting the ball really well, and so was the other Worthington girl. She played hard and hit some really solid shots. I thought they both did, but we just happened to make a few more shots."

PA was also victorious at the No. 2 singles spot. Tonya Fode defeated Worthington's Kaylee Williamson, 6-2, 6-0.

"It's disappointing, but it's something that you have to get over," Williamson said. "My shots were alright. She got me a couple of times on the volley, but my serves were pretty good.

The Trojans picked up a point at No. 3 singles behind the solid play of Jenny Mammen. She defeated Ashley Gustafson 6-2, 6-2.

"It feels good," Mammen said. "Winning isn't everything; I think I just try and play my best each match and win or lose, I depict how I feel on how well I play. I feel that I played pretty well against Ashley."

The combination of Karli Deschepper and Steph Rudie for the Arrows were victorious over Jessica Vuong and Erin Schutte, 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 1 doubles.

In the No. 2 doubles, Worthington's Angela Bui and Kendall Spartz defeated Jesse Gergen and Chasady Lereck 6-2, 6-1.

"We played Pipestone well, they just happened to edge us out more than what I would have liked," Marquardt said. "Keeping our feet moving and to being patient is key in the beginning and to force the issue once we get up. I think we did well today."

Worthington will return to the court today at Martin County West, before traveling to Marshall on Thursday.

The Arrows will face Redwood Valley on Thursday and Luverne Tuesday.

Marshall 4, Luverne 3

LUVERNE -- The Luverne girls' tennis team came up just short against Marshall Monday afternoon.

Marshall came away with four victories in close matches to edge the Cardinals.

"We were really evenly matched with Marshall," Luverne head coach Greg Antoine said. "Our singles players really moved the ball around and took advantage of good shots."

At No. 1 singles, Katelyn Deragisch of Luverne defeated Marshall's Danica Louwagie, 6-3, 6-3.

"Katelyn really had control in her match," Antoine said. "She had patience and waited until she had the advantage to get the point."

Amy Herman won at No. 2 singles with an injury default. After losing the first set, she won the second and was leading the third, 2-0.

"Amy Herman played very well in singles," Antoine said. "She has played doubles all her career but will probably finish the season at singles."

At No. 3 singles, Bethany Ahlers of Marshall defeated Krista Van Dyk, 6-0, 6-1, while Sarah Schneekloth of Marshall defeated Autumn Wenzel 6-4, 7-6 and 7-3 in the tiebreaker.

"Autumn Wenzel played a very good match at No. 4 singles," Antoine said. "The two players were both really aggressive in their shot selections. It was a very good match to watch."

Eryn Dunlap and Jenny Clark of Marshall teamed up at No. 1 doubles to defeat Liz Solma and Maleeka Sandager 6-2, 6-3.

At No. 2 doubles, Heide Henkelman and Samantha Tutt of Marshall defeated Luverne's combination of Hannah Baartman and Hilary Deragisch 6-0, 6-4.

Luverne's Kelby Robinson and Tabby Sanderson were victorious at No. 3 doubles over Liz Hanson and Kayde Lange, 6-2, 7-6 and 8-6 in the tiebreaker.

Luverne will face Worthington at home Sept. 18.

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