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Girls tennis: Double duty for Luverne


ST. JAMES — The St. James Saints are rumored to have a strong girls tennis team in 2014. Judging from Wednesday’s result in their own doubles tournament, the rumors might be true.

St. James defeated Luverne 8-0 Wednesday to mar what was otherwise a winning performance by the Cardinals, who defeated Sibley East 5-3 and Maple River 5-3 in their other two contests.

“We were really inconsistent today. At times we did exactly what we were supposed to when we were supposed to. Other times we did just the wrong shot to the wrong place at the wrong time,” said LHS head coach Greg Antoine.

Luverne’s Kynzie Smedsrud and Lexie Severtson won one of three matches at No. 1 doubles. Dani Kneip and Mckenzi Wenninger lost three matches at No. 2 doubles. Joci Oye and Samantha Pierce won once and lost twice at No. 3.

The Cardinals’ Tatiana Gust and Brooke Nattress won once and lost twice at No. 4. Monaya Hustoft and Emilie Bartels went 1-2 at No. 5. Kennedy Gonnermann and Bryanna Wessels won twice and lost once at No. 6 doubles.

At No. 7, Kayla Rud and Sierra Weineke won two and lost one. And at No. 8, the Cards’ Emily Wendland and Brianna Jonason won twice and lost once.

While some tennis teams have barely begun their fall schedule, Luverne is 2-1 in dual meets and 4-2 overall.

“We are running on empty with our schedule,” Antoine said. “We really need to get some practice in.”

Luverne travels to Blue Earth Area today.