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Prep girls tennis: Worthington shut out at home

DOUG WOLTER/DAILY GLOBE Worthington High School junior Erika Schutte moves for a shot during No. 1 doubles action against Yellow Medicine East Monday afternoon at the middle school courts in Worthington. Schutte and her partner, Anna Kill, were defeated in two sets.

WORTHINGTON — It was the definition of a shutout. Seven to nothing, Yellow Medicine East beating the Worthington Trojans girls tennis team Monday afternoon at the middle school courts.

But WHS head coach Mike Marquardt wanted to talk about a different kind of definition afterward. The next order of business for the coaching staff, he said, was to find the right kind of lineup. Finding the proper combinations is often difficult early in the season, but in the next two weeks, he said, Worthington needs to find “better definition. With doubles, it’s not on paper what works well together. It’s chemistry.”

Marquardt, in fact, was pleased with the chemistry his third doubles team of Paige Stewart and Theresa Biber found together Monday. They were beaten in three sets by YME’s Nikki Musselman and Sophie Timm 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, but the WHS duo looked good despite not having played doubles together before. Marquardt also had good things to say about his No. 1 doubles team of Erika Schutte and Anna Kill, who were beaten 6-3, 6-2 by Jordan Trotter and Jordan Glael. Schutte and Kill produced several good points together.

Overall, however, it was a 7-0 result in YME’s favor. The Trojans could have played better, Marquardt professed.

“I was disappointed because I think we could be more consistent. Happy with the effort but we need to work on getting more continuity. And that’s going to happen with getting more set lineups,” said the veteran coach.

Perhaps the most intriguing match of the day came at No. 1 singles where Worthington senior Emily Williamson and Yellow Medicine East junior Danielle Clarke played three long sets. Clarke won the first, 6-3. Williamson won the second, 6-2. The third set was evenly played throughout, with Clarke coming out on top, 7-5.

At No. 2 singles, Britanna Raddatz was a 6-2, 6-1 winner over Worthington’s Brianna Kempema. At No. 3 singles, YME’s Anne Clarke topped the Trojans’ Kristy Workman 6-2, 6-2. At No. 4, Sandy Bartels beat Worthington’s Shelby Larson 6-0, 6-2.

Worthington’s No. 2 doubles team of Annie Lesnar and Nanessa Pazurek lost to Mariah Norell and Steph Bartels. The scores were 6-3, 6-4.

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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