Girls tennis: Souksavath earns impressive win, but Trojans fall to Waseca
WORTHINGTON -- Cynthia Souksavath wasn’t having a particularly good day with her calf muscles.
But that didn’t stop her from beating Waseca’s Alexis Allen 7-6, 7-5 in her No. 3 tennis singles match Tuesday at the middle school courts -- the only Worthington victory in a 6-1 season-opening loss to the Bluejays.
“This is my first time playing varsity singles. I thought I did pretty well,” Souksavath said after her match. “Right after the first set I felt that my right calf was cramped. Then 15 to 20 minutes in the second set I felt it in my left.”
To recover, the junior simply tried to walk it off between games. It worked.
“She had to step it up mentally, with the injuries, and play through it,” said her coach, Mike Marquardt. “She played smart points. I think that’s why she won.”
Last year, Souksavath experienced other injury problems. She sprained both ankles, in fact.
“And this year it’s my calves, apparently,” she shrugged. “But I just have to drink more water, stay hydrated.”
One of the seven matches on Tuesday went three sets, as Waseca’s CeCe Huttemier defeated Worthington’s Kessey Aljets 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. The other matches went the minimum two sets.
At No. 1 singles, the Bluejays’ Taylor Pfeifer topped Maggie Putnam 6-0, 6-1. And at No. 4 singles, Morgan Bruhn won 6-3, 6-4 over the Trojans’ Madison Johnson.
Waseca’s Tanika Johnson and Jacklynn Jevning beat Worthington’s Jasmine Riley and Marah Darling 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles. The Jays’ Tessa Volkner and Hannah Berndt won 6-1, 6-1 over Worthington’s Cindy Hernandez and Perla Rodriguez at No. 2 doubles. And at No. 3, Hanna Potter and Grace Lapides prevailed 6-1, 6-2 against the Trojans’ Ivy Jenson and Neveah Schreiber.
“I know what we need to work on. That really helps it out,” said Marquardt. “It’s good to get the first one out of the way.”
Marquardt said that the Trojans were too inconsistent on their serves against Waseca, relying too much on their second serves. And although they were willing to come to the net, their volleys needed to be crisper.
Souksavath’s match paired two players who liked to stay on the baseline, however, and the Trojan got the best of it.
“It was eye-opening,” Souksavath said, “but I’ve never played varsity singles before. And I didn’t know if I could keep my rallies going. It’s really making me feel like this season I can grow.”