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TROJANS BOYS TENNIS: Worthington defeats YME

Jordan Willi/DailY Globe WHS' Dillon Pedersen returns a volley during a No. 1 doubles tennis match against Yellow Medicine East Monday at the Worthington Middle School tennis courts.

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojan boys tennis team took down the Yellow Medicine East Sting 7-0 to pick up its third straight win.

"I thought we were more patient today than we have been," WHS coach Mike Marquardt said. "We've been trying not to start too fast and be more consistent."

Carter Linder defeated YME's David Nowacki 6-2 and 6-4 at No. 1 singles, while Andrew Johnson swept YME's Brandon Repsher at No. 2 singles.

"Carter was trying to hold back, but you could see he just wanted to play at full speed for the whole match," Marquardt said. "But after a while, he was able to be more patient and wait for his shots."

A.J. Hayenga picked up the Trojans' third point of the day after taking down Shane Nokleby of YME 6-1 and 6-0. Ben Doeden rounded out WHS' singles sweep with a 6-1, 6-0 wins over YME's Grant Elliot.

"We want to come out and try to start each match on a good note," Marquardt said. "We've been playing our own matches and not letting ourselves drop down to their level if they are not as strong."

At No. 1 doubles, Dillion Pederson and Kody Honius took on Yellow Medicine East's Todd Nowacki and Matthew Vinig.

"It was a little different today because my normal doubles partner was gone today," said Pederson, who is normally paired with Nick Newman. "But I enjoyed playing with Kody today."

Pederson and Honius took the first set 6-0 over Nowacki and Vinig.

"I think we have finally started to hit a groove after getting in a few matches lately," Kody Honius said. "I think we did a good job today and we were able to stay focused even when we would get down after a missed point."

The pair won their second match 6-2 to give the Trojans their fourth point of the day.

"I feel like we did pretty well today," Pederson said. "We were able to keep out feet moving and that helped us get good shots."

Issac Houselog and Bryan Doeden won their matches at No. 2 doubles 6-3 and 6-2 over the Sting's James DeJager and Cody Speh. At No. 3 doubles teammates Caleb Dirksen and Levi Blanchard defeated Amman Bennett and Noah Lusti 6-2, 6-0.

"I think we have been getting more confident all around," Honius said. "We've been hitting better shots and playing really well as a team."

In the JV doubles matches, Ernst Coriolan and Jordan Jensen won their match 8-0. Carter Ponto and Kyle Janssen defeated their opponent 8-2, while Brandon Harberts and Nick Putnam won 6-2. Max Langerud played the only other singles match, which he won 8-3.

"I think we can keep this level of play going if they guys can maintain a strong mental toughness," Marquardt said. "Confidence is also something we will need to keep building as the year goes on if we want to keep playing like we are."

Worthington (3-1) travels to Luverne today to take on the Cardinals for the second time this season.