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Cardinals take first at Worthington Tournament

Doug Wolter/Daily Globe Pipestone Area tennis players Sarah Woelber (left) and Abby Steffan (right) react as head coach Ed Gustafson discusses strategy at the conclusion of one of their matches Saturday morning in Worthington.1 / 2
Doug Wolter/Daily Globe Worthington Trojans fifth doubles player Kristy Workman focuses on her task at net as partner Paige Stewart serves in a match from the Worthington Invitational Saturday morning.2 / 2

WORTHINGTON -- The Luverne Cardinals girls' tennis team took first place and also finished first in all three doubles flights at the Worthington Invitational Saturday.

The Cardinals faced doubles teams from Worthington, Pipestone Area and Martin County West at the Invitational and finished the day with 117 wins overall to be named the team champions. Pipestone Area finished in second with 85 wins, while Martin County West (78) and Worthington (73) finished in third and fourth respectively.

The tournament was split up into the Red, Black and White flights with the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams taking part in the Red flight, the No. 3 and No. 4 doubles teams playing in the Black flight and the No. 5 and No. 6 doubles teams facing each other in the White flight. Each doubles team played seven matches of five games apiece for a total of 35 possible wins.

In the Red flight, Luverne's Paige Adams and Kynzie Smedsrud claimed the top spot with 27 wins.

In the Black flight, LHS' Tatiana Gust and Monaya Hustoft finished in first with 22 wins, while fellow Cardinals' doubles team of McKenzi Wenninger and Lexie Severtson and the Arrows' doubles team of Nicole Scotting and Torey Vanessen tied for second.

In the White flight, the Cardinals' Brooke Nattress and Emily Wendland picked up 20 wins out of a possible 25 (the White flight had six teams instead of eight) to take first place. LHS' Kennedy Gonnerman and Samantha Pierce compiled 13 wins, which was good enough for third. Pipestone Area's Rachel Skyberg and Kirsten Houg finished second in the flight.

Individual results for the Trojans were incomplete.

The Cardinals (3-3) travel to Sioux Falls Lincoln to fave their JV squad Tuesday, then play Montevideo and Redwood Area Thursday in a triangular. Worthington (1-2) hosts Lac qui Parle Valley Tuesday at the Worthington Middle School before traveling to Fairmont Thursday. Pipestone Area travels to Marshall Thursday.