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Boys tennis: Johnson finds the net, advances to 7-0

WORTHINGTON — Andrew Johnson probably spent as much time watching his teammates play as playing, himself, Thursday in Worthington High School’s 6-1 boys tennis victory over visiting Pipestone Area.

Johnson’s No. 2 singles match with the Arrows’ Joe Morgan was the first match to finish at the middle school courts, so the Trojan junior spent much of his time relaxing on a lawn chair.

In beating Morgan 6-1, 6-0, Johnson ran his personal record to 7-0.

“I was doing a lot better on serves. Just overall doing pretty good, getting them all in. I tried getting up to the net a little more. It was working pretty good, so I think I’ll try doing that a little more,” Johnson said afterward.

A year ago, Johnson teamed up with Carter Lindner to qualify for the state tournament as a doubles duo, so it can’t hurt to burnish up the serve-and-volley game. Johnson prefers playing baseline tennis in singles, but his coach, Mike Marquardt, has been encouraging him to go to the net when the opportunity arises.

Marquardt said he was pleased with Johnson’s performance Thursday.

“He really relied on his first serve today. Placed it well,” he said.

And as for encouraging Johnson to go to the net more: “Just trying to make him more of an all-purpose player. He’s got all the ability,” Marquardt said.

Worthington defeated Pipestone Area 6-1 to improve to 5-2 on the season.

At No. 1 singles, Lindner defeated Trase Lueck 6-0, 6-1. At third singles, the Trojans’ Nick Newman was a 6-2, 6-0 winner over Tyl Woelber. Worthington’s Jonah McDonald beat Chandler Haag 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4 singles.

Pipestone Area’s victory came at No. 2 doubles where Jared Carlson and Bill Smith prevailed 6-2, 6-2 over Worthington’s Isaac Houselog and Levi Blanchard.

But at No. 1 doubles, the Trojans’ Ben and Bryan Doeden teamed for a 6-2, 6-3 victory over the Arrows’ Jared Schiebout and Nate Baatz. At No. 3 doubles, Worthington’s Sebastian Licea and Orissa Nitibhon won 7-5, 6-3 over Pipestone Area’s Alex Abrahamson and Elijah Everson.

Luverne 7, Redwood Valley 0

LUVERNE — Never dropping a set, the Luverne Cardinals beat the Redwood Valley Cardinals 7-0.

At No. 1 singles, Jonny Vajgrt blanked Redwood’s Tyer Hagen 6-0, 6-0. At No. 2, Andrew Jelken did the same to Armando Davila 6-0, 6-0. At No. 3, Erik Wohnoutka bested Max Russell 6-0, 6-1. And at No. 4 singles, Jacob Jarchow took care of Nate Benson 6-4, 6-1.

Luverne was equally impressive in doubles. At the No. 1 spot, Blake Ziegler and Cory Stroeh defeated Cole Pettis and Sam Christensen 6-0, 6-1. At No. 2 doubles, Hunter Robinson and Chris Jelken topped Beau Nesburg and Michael Davila 6-0, 6-0. And at No. 3, Toby Sengvongxay and Dalton Schoeneman beat Redwood Valley’s Aaron Boyle and John Lammers 6-0, 6-1.

The team victory moved Luverne to 7-2 on the year.

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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