WHS BOYS' TENNIS: Worthington outlasts the rain and New Ulm for 5-2 winWORTHINGTON — On a day in which a ribbon was cut for Worthington’s new tennis home and rain delays were scattered, the Trojan boys’ tennis team was able to put any distractions away and defeat New Ulm 5-2.
WORTHINGTON — On a day in which a ribbon was cut for Worthington’s new tennis home and rain delays were scattered, the Trojan boys’ tennis team was able to put any distractions away and defeat New Ulm 5-2.
“It wasn’t the exact way we planned it, but we got the job done,” WHS coach Mike Marquardt said. “There was distractions with the ribbon cutting and with the rain, but everybody stepped up.
“In my 17 years, I never saw anything like the weather we had today.”
WHS’s Dan Wetering fell to New Ulm’s Michael Maudal at No. 1 singles 6-2, 6-1. Other than the hiccup at No. 1 singles, the Trojans swept their other singles matches.
Lance Homan defeated Cal Collum at No. 2 singles 7-5, 6-2, Ben Doeden knocked off Josh Koelpin 7-5, 6-3 at No.3 singles and A.J. Hayenga won No. 4 singles 6-4, 6-1 over New Ulm’s Mads Soegaard.
In doubles action, Jonah Oberloh and Matt Sorensen fell at No. 1 doubles to Isaiah Johnson and Juan Caceres-Gomez 6-4, 6-3 for WHS. The Trojans swept the Eagles from there, as Carter Lindner and Andrew Johnson won at No. 2 doubles 6-0, 6-0 over Nick Gartner and Josh Menzel and Travis Vuong and Nick Newman won at No. 3 doubles 6-2, 6-3 over Billy Griffith and Sam Frederickson for the Trojans.
“We didn’t know if the game was even going to happen,” Lindner said. “We got some leafblowers out and we got the squeegees out and thankfully we got it in.
“I think the best part of my game today was I really improved on my serving and my ground strokes were very impressive today. We just need to be a little more aggressive and get to the net faster.”
Johnson was thankful more than ever for the new courts Tuesday.
“I’m just glad the new courts dry a lot easier,” Johnson said. “I started out not so good, but I came back with my serves the second time around and got my game back.
“We just need to finish at the net and get there faster. We just need to focus on our games and keep playing our hardest and get ready for sections.”
The Trojans move to 7-2 on the season and will travel to Montevideo Thursday and Redwood Valley Friday.
“We need to be more consistent,” Marquardt said. “We need to play more mental tennis and focus on the other side of the net."
SFL 5, LHS 4
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Luverne fell for just the second time on the season in boys’ tennis action to Sioux Falls Lincoln Tuesday.
Luverne split with SFL at singles, as Joey Vajgrt defeated Brent Heflin 6-4, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Dustin Deutsch defeated Nathan Dalton 6-0, 6-4 at No. 2 singles and Jonny Vajgrt defeated Dylan Cutler 6-4, 7-5 at No. 3 singles for the Cardinals (13-2). LHS’s Andrew Jelken fell at No. 4 singles to Josh Beck 7-5, 6-1, Scott Nelson fell at No. 5 singles to Ben Visser 7-6 (7-2), 1-6, 10-4 and Zach Gillette fell at No. 6 singles for Tommy Jensen 6-0, 6-3 for the Cardinals.
In doubles action, Luverne dropped two of three matches, as Johnson and Joey Vajgrt won at No. 2 doubles, defeating Cutler and Beck 7-5, 6-0, while Jonny Vajgrt and Blake Ziegler fell at No. 1 doubles to Brent Heflin and Dalton 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) and Nelson and Deutsch fell at No. 3 doubles to Visser and Jensen 2-6, 6-3, 10-7.
“Our first three singles played very well today,” LHS coach Greg Antoine said. “We had to work hard to earn every point and we played some nice tennis. All of the coaches were very close today.
“They are a really good fit for us to paly. It is always close with them and there is a lot of good tennis played. We need to use the next three days of practice to fix a few things we don’t do as well as we should. Our doubles teams need to work on positioning on the court from before the serve to during the points.”
LHS will host MACCRAY Tuesday.
LHS 7, Montevideo 0
Luverne — Luverne cruised past Montevideo in boys’ tennis action Monday, as the Cardinals shut out Montevideo 7-0.
“We mixed up our lineup a little to get ready for section play,” LHS coach Greg Antoine said. “We wanted to see some different combinations on the courts.
“The doubles teams really played well today. They seemed to mix with their new partners quite well. In section play you can have three different lineups and we want to have some options depending on who we play.”
Jonny Vajgrt won at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 6-4, Dustin Deutsch took No. 2 singles 6-1, 6-1, Andrew Jelken was victorious at No. 3 singles in a 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (3-7), 6-4 battle and Austin Stroeh won No. 4 singles 6-2, 6-2 for Luverne (13-1).
In doubles action, Jonny Vajgrt and Blake Ziegler won No. 1 doubles 6-2, 6-0, Ethan Johnson and Scott Nelson won No. 2 doubles 6-1, 6-0 and Nathan Stensland-Bos and Matt Arends took home the win at No. 3 doubles 6-1, 6-2.
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