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Cardinals sweep doubleheader

LUVERNE -- The Luverne Cardinals earned two more wins to improve to 3-1 on the season after knocking off Yellow Medicine East 5-2 and Pipestone Area 6-1 Monday.

Paige Adams, Kynzie Smedsrud and Sam Pierce all picked up wins in No. 1, No. 2 and No. 4 singles respectively to help power the Cardinals to the victory over YME in the first dual of the day. Lexie Severtson and Tatiana Gust (No. 2 doubles) along with Brooke Nattress and Joci Oye (No. 3 doubles) also helped lock up the match for Luverne by defeating their opponents in straight sets.

"Our singles players really got a lot of experience today," LHS coach Greg Antoine said. "They really played well and moved people around while taking advantage of their opponents being out of position to finish points."

In the second match of the day against Pipestone Area, Luverne swept the singles matches, with Adams (defeated Veronica Johnson 6-2, 6-1), Smedsrud (defeated Nicole Scotting 6-3, 6-3) and Pierce (defeated Tayla Sysavath 4-6, 6-1, 10-7) once again picking up wins. McKenzi Wenninger defeated PA's Lauren Lapthorn at No. 3 singles to complete the sweep for the Cardinals.

"Our whole team needs to work on finishing off opponents when they have a chance," Antoine said. "We need to get better at creating situations in which our opponent is out of position and then we can finish them off."

In doubles, Brianna Erickson and Danielle Kneip took down PA's Abby Steffan and Sarah Woelber at No. 1 doubles (6-1, 6-0), while Gust and Emily Wendland beat Rachel Skyberg and Kirsten Hoog at No. 3 doubles. Maya Bledsoe and Tori Vanessen picked up the Arrows only win by knocking off Severtson and Nattress at No. 2 doubles.

"We need to work on some doubles strategies and we also need to work on finishing off points when we have a chance," Antoine said. "But, our doubles teams never quit today. They scrambled and really did a good job of keeping the ball in play."

Luverne travels to St. James Wednesday for a doubles tournament then heads to Worthington Saturday for another doubles tournament.