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Girls tennis: Kill outstanding in section individual play

Award winners for the 2017 Worthington High School girls tennis team are (from left) Jamie Newman for best sportsmanship, Catalina Nguyen for most improved, Kelly Newman for most dedicated and Anna Kill for most valuable player. (submitted photo)1 / 2
Seniors and foreign exchange students who participated in the 2017 Worthington High School girls tennis program this fall are (front row foreign exchange students, from left) Lina Kim, Lilo Herzig, Yubin Oh and Claudia Canas, and (back row seniors) Brittin Fauskee, Jamie Newman, Catalina Nguyen, Kelly Newman and Anna Kill. (submitted photo)2 / 2

ST. PETER -- Worthington High School tennis player Anna Kill performed admirably Friday in sectional individual play, winning her first match in a tight battle and falling in her second match against the No. 2 seed despite an outstanding effort.

In a back-and-forth battle, Kill opened with a 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 win over Kianna Howard of New Prague, then lost 6-4, 2-6, 2-6 to second-seeded Sydney Mandelkow of Hutchinson after the Trojan senior began to cramp.

The second match impressed Kill’s coach, Mike Marquardt.

“I know I’m biased, but Anna has never played a more powerful, consistent, aggressive match in her six years at Worthington,” he said. “The hiccup came in the start of the second set, after Anna won the first set 6-4. Anna cramped out and was not able to maintain what she did in the first set. I believe if Anna stays healthy in this match, she beats the No. 2 seed. … That was a match I would have bought tickets for.”

In another singles match, Trojan Kelly Newman lost 0-6, 1-6 to the top-seeded singles player, Jenna Larson of New Prague. The WHS No. 1 doubles duo of Maggie Putnam and Claudia Canas lost their first match in three sets, 6-2, 1-6, 6-7 (4-7) to a New Prague pair. The No. 2 doubles team of Jamie Newman and Brittin Fauskee lost 0-6, 1-6 to a team from Mankato West.

With the season completed, several players were honored with awards. Jamie Newman was named for best sportsmanship, Catalina Nguyen most improved, Kelly Newman most dedicated and Anna Kill most valuable player.

For Kill, it is the third consecutive year she has won that award.