WHS TENNIS: WHS beats RV 4-0 in rain-shortened matchWORTHINGTON – The Worthington boys’ tennis team improved to 2-0 on the season despite having to call Thursday’s match early because of the weather.
WORTHINGTON – The Worthington boys’ tennis team improved to 2-0 on the season despite having to call Thursday’s match early because of the weather.
The Trojans were up 4-0 over Redwood Valley when the rain started coming down harder on Thursday afternoon, so with the win already clinched the teams decided to end the match early for safety and health precautions.
But despite the shortened match and the poor weather, the Trojans walked away from the courts Thursday pleased with their overall performance.
“You can’t complain with how the season has started for us so far,” WHS coach Mike Marquardt said. “We did very well today.”
In singles, the Trojans won one of the four spots and were leading in the other three when the match was called.
At No. 3 singles Worthington got a match point when Andrew Johnson defeated Armando Davila 6-0, 6-0.
At the end of the match, Marquardt expressed how impressed he was with Johnson’s performance Thursday, marking it as one of the better ones of the afternoon.
At No. 1 singles Dan Wetering was leading Taylor Rebstock 6-1, 4-1 when the match was called. At No. 2 singles, Carter Lindner was leading Ben Schmidt 6-1, 5-1 and at No. 4 singles, Lance Homan was leading Logan Jensen 6-1, 3-1 when the match was called.
The Trojans swept Redwood Valley in the doubles category.
At No. 1 doubles, Matt Sorenson and Jonah Oberloh defeated Tyler Hagen and Max Russell 6-0, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Ben Doeden and Travis Vuong defeated Jordan Rasmussen and Cole Pettis 6-0, 6-0.
And at No. 3 doubles WHS’s Nick Newman and Kody Honius received a 2-0, 2-0 forfeit over Redwood Valley for the Trojans’ fourth point.
“Redwood Valley is a young team, but I think our strength lied in our consistency tonight,” Marquardt said. “We were able to rely on our first serve, we had good ball placement and we just played well overall. We didn’t force anything to happen. We did very well today.”
For the second-straight match, Worthington swept its opponent, making every member of the varsity squad undefeated so far.
In the first two matches of the year, the Trojans have lost only one set as well.
Needless to say, the team hasn’t had much to complain about – besides the weather – so far this year.
The Trojans’ next match is today against MACCRAY. It will be Worthington’s first road competition of the season.
And although the team is off to a good start, Marquardt doesn’t want the athletes to let that start getting to their heads.
“We have been doing a really nice job to start the season, but I don’t want the guys to read too much into that,” Marquardt said. “There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done. I want us to be consistent day in and day out. I want us to know our strengths and weaknesses and build upon both of those things. There’s still a lot of matches to play yet this year.”
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