Girls tennis: Redwood Valley outplays Worthington, 6-1
By DOMINIC BURNS
WORTHINGTON -- Redwood Valley was flying at all cylinders in its matchup against Worthington in Thursday’s high school girls tennis match, which was closer than the final score made it seem to be.
Sophomore Kessey Aljets was the lone Trojan to come up on top for the varsity squad as the Cardinals bested the Trojans 6-1. Aljets won in two sets on scores of 6-3, 6-3 at the second singles position.
“It took a couple games to warm up.” Aljets explained. “Once I was warmed up, though, I was able to focus in on keeping the point in on my side and letting my opponent make the mistakes.”
Maggie Putnam lost a very competitive match at first singles to senior Janessa Whitaker 6-4, 6-4.
Despite an attempted second set comeback, Cynthia Souksavath came up short 6-2, 7-5 to Isabel Hillstead at three singles.
At four singles, sophomore Madison Johnson fell 6-2, 6-2 to Abby Gilk.
The tandem of Ivy Jensen and Jasmine Riley made one doubles interesting against the Cardinals duo of Ashlyn Doering and Payden Beran. Losing the first set 6-2, Jensen and Riley came alive in the second claiming a 6-3 win, before ultimately dropping the third set 6-2.
Cindy Hernandez and Perla Rodriguez were unable to stop Aubrey Bidinger and Annika Gibbs as they lost 6-2, 6-1.
Marah Darling and Madison Schaffe lost a tightly contested third doubles match 6-1,4-6, 6-1 against Skylar Denke and Kia Jacobson.
Coach Mike Marquardt was impressed by how his girls fought in the second set. However, he would like to see that play come out in the first.
“I think the girls just need some more time on the court. It’s a lot like when you’re first learning how to drive a car, at first you’re tentative, but later on when you have some experience with it, you become less worried about making a mistake.”