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GIRLS TENNIS: WHS finishing better in loss to Lincoln

 WORTHINGTON — Long rallies and lengthy matches don’t guarantee success, and that’s the way it happened for the Worthington High School girls tennis team on Tuesday.


 In a 6-1 setback against visiting Sioux Falls Lincoln, the Trojans played a marathon No. 3 singles match and participated in a very tight No. 2 doubles match. Both times WHS lost. But head coach Mike Marquardt said that kind of effort is bound to pay off in the future.


 “We’re playing better points. I think we’re finishing better,” said the veteran coach. “We took the risks, they didn’t go our way. Pretty soon they’re going to start going our way.”


 Worthington No. 3 singles player Annie Lesnar played a match against Lincoln’s Brooke Lovrien that lasted more than three hours in what Marquardt called an “outstanding effort.” Lesnar won the first set 7-6 on a 10-8 tiebreaker. Lovrien won the next two on scores of 6-2, 7-6 (7-1 tiebreaker).


 Worthington also lost a match at second doubles that could have gone either way. There, Makensie Carstensen and Sarah Janssen teamed up for a 7-6 (7-0), 7-6 (8-6) setback against their Sioux Falls Lincoln counterparts.


 The Trojans’ victory came at third doubles where seniors Miranda LeBrun and Alicia Khatt earned a 6-4, 6-3 victory.


 In the other doubles match, the No. 1 duo of Emily Williamson and Rachel Drietz lost 7-5, 7-6.


 First singles player Laura Wetering was defeated by Lincoln’s Sarah Ponwith 6-0, 6-1. At second singles, Lincoln’s Kaitlin Olson beat Worthington’s Brianna Kempema 6-3, 6-2. And at fourth singles, Lincoln’s Sydney Dixen prevailed over Worthington’s Paige Stewart 6-1, 6-1.


Luverne 7, Marshall 0


 LUVERNE — Doubles teams for the Luverne Cardinals have been less than outstanding in recent matches, but LHS head coach Greg Antoine said he was impressed with their performances Tuesday in a 7-0 victory over Southwest Conference rival Marshall.


 In a 7-0 Luverne sweep, the Cardinals’ doubles teams didn’t drop a set. Lexie Severtson and Danielle Kneip beat Rachel Landmark and Brittany Soupir 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles, Brianna Erickson and Tatiana Gust topped Medhan Naughton and Tori St. Aubin 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles, and Emily Wendland and Joci Oye bettered Cheyenne Demuth and Rafa Holovka 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3.


 In first singles, Luverne’s Paige Adams beat Marshall’s Jenna Gannott 6-2, 6-0. Kynzie Smedsrud beat Crista Schultz 6-0, 6-1 at second singles. McKenzi Wenninger topped Linnea Bader 6-0, 6-0 at third singles, and at fourth singles Samantha Pierce defeated Sara Schroeder 6-0, 6-0.