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Trojan Tennis: Trojans knock off Cardinals

DOUG WOLTER/DAILY GLOBE Worthington No. 1 singles player Carter Lindner reaches to return a shot against Fairmont's Grant Becker Monday at the Worthington Middle School tennis courts.

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."

Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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