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Trojan Boys Tennis: Trojans take charge

JORDAN WILLI/DAILY GLOBE WHS's Isaac Houselog lets rip a serve during a No. 2 doubles match against Redwood Valley Friday at the Worthington Middle School tennis courts.1 / 2
JORDAN WILLI/DAILY GLOBE Worthington's Nick Newman returns a volley during in a No. 1 doubles match Friday.2 / 2

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojans used strong performances from their singles and doubles teams to earn a sweep of the Redwood Valley Cardinals during a Southwest Conference boys' tennis match Friday in Worthington.

"The team as a whole has been playing pretty well lately, especially our doubles lineup," No. 2 doubles player Isaac Houselog said. "But we are still going to have to do a lot of work to make a run in sectionals."

Carter Linder led the way for the Trojans with a hard fought two-set victory over Redwood Valley's Taylor Rebstock, winning 7-5 and 6-4.

At No. 2 singles, Andrew Johnson dominated RV's Tyler Hagen, taking both sets by a score of 6-0.

A.J. Hayenga took down the Cardinal's Armando Davilla in two sets at No. 3 singles, winning the first 6-3 and the second 6-1.

Ben Doeden completed Worthington's second two-set sweep of the day when he knocked off Redwood Valley's Dallas Greenslit at No. 4 singles, 6-0 and 6-0.

The Trojans' No. 1 doubles team of Dillon Pederson and Nick Newman took their first set 6-1 against RV's Cole Pettis and Max Russel. However, the pair struggled to put away the Cardinals' team in the second set, winning 7-6 after an 8-6 tiebreaker.

Houselog and Kody Honius took care of the Cardinals' Sam Christensen and Nate Benson at No. 2 singles, winning the first set 6-0.

"We were really good at setting each other up at the net today," Houselog said. "We had some good finishing moves as well. Kody also had some great serves that picked us up some points."

The pair took an early lead in set two, but then the teammates from Redwood Valley were able to steal a game for their first point of the match.

"We got a little bit complacent against them in the second set and let them take a game from us," Houselog said. "But them beating us in that game really jolted us back and made us realize we needed to start playing again instead of just hitting it back."

Houselog and Honius finished off their opponents in the second set to grab a 6-1 win and two-set sweep.

"I had some really good ground strokes today and Kody's serves were really hot at times," Houselog said. "It also helped that we both were playing really well at the net to steals points there, too."

At No. 3 doubles, Bryan Doeden and Caleb Dirksen matched their teammates with 6-0, 6-1 wins over RV's John Lammers and Jordan Rassmussen.

At the JV level, Jonah McDonald and DJ Berger won their match 6-3, 6-0, while both Kyle Janssen and Carter Ponto (5-8) and Scott Schneider and Kennith Garcia (4-8) lost their matches. Sebastian Licea and Orissa Nithinbon won their match 4-6, 6-2 and 10-4.

Levi Blanchard and McDonald also played a singles match for the JV team, with both players claiming a victory.

The Trojans travel to Fairmont Monday before taking on Blue Earth at home Tuesday.