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Boys tennis: Luverne wins, WHS falls in section play

DAILY GLOBE The comforts of home soothed the Redwood Valley High School boys tennis team Monday in a first-round Section 3A match against Worthington. The Cardinals, seeded fourth in the tourney to the Trojans' fifth, rolled to a 6-1 victory in R...

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The comforts of home soothed the Redwood Valley High School boys tennis team Monday in a first-round Section 3A match against Worthington. The Cardinals, seeded fourth in the tourney to the Trojans’ fifth, rolled to a 6-1 victory in Redwood Falls.
Redwood Valley advances to the semifinals today to play top-seeded Luverne at noon in Redwood Falls. Luverne had no trouble at all Monday against eighth-seeded MACCRAY, winning 7-0. Montevideo played Yellow Medicine East and Pipestone Area played Lac Qui Parle Valley in the other semifinals Monday. Scores were unavailable Monday night.
The section championship match will also be in Redwood Falls today, beginning at 3 p.m.
Redwood 6, Worthington 1
Worthington’s only victory Monday came at No. 4 singles as Sully Merrigan defeated the Cards’ Jon Lammers 6-2, 6-2. Redwood won everything else, including five matches that went just two sets.
Worthington head coach Mike Marquardt said his team played well and had opportunities it couldn’t capitolize on. Redwood enjoyed a good day serving.
The three-set match was at No. 1 doubles as Redwood’s Max Russell and Cole Pettis defeated Sebastian Licea and Gage Langerud 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
Redwood took the No. 2 doubles match 6-2, 6-2 with Michael Davilla and Logan Dehncke beating Jordan Jensen and Brandon Harberts. No. 3 doubles went Redwood’s way 6-2, 6-4 with Beau Nesburg and Sam Christesen over Kip Jenson and Cade Lindner.
Tyler Hagen defeated Worthington’s Bryan Doeden 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. Nate Benson beat Bryan’s younger brother Blaine 6-3, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Nathaniel Passe topped the Trojans’ Kyle Janssen 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 3 singles spot.
Luverne 7, MACCRAY 0
It was so one-sided in Luverne’s favor, no MACCRAY player recorded more than a single game’s victory in any set.
At No. 1 singles, Luverne’s Erik Wohnoutka won 6-0, 6-0 over Ben Burner. Jacob Jarchow beat MACCRAY’s Levi Sparks 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. Chris Jelken won 6-1, 6-1 over Noah Johnson at No. 3 singles. And at No. 4, Mark Robinson swept Gabe Sparks 6-0, 6-0.
Luverne’s No. 1 doubles team of Dalton Schoeneman and Layne Curtis won 6-0, 6-0 over Alex Spence and Jaeden Woltjen. At No. 2, Cade VerSteeg and Tanner Baustian prevailed 6-0, 6-0 over Robert Garza and Carter Tomes. And at No. 3 doubles, the Cardinals’ Trey Baustian and Isaac Gillette won by forfeit.
“We were just too experienced for them today. They are a really young and inexperienced team and it showed today,” said LHS head coach Greg Antoine.
Luverne is 14-1 on the season.

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