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Boys tennis: Trojans finish strong in Montevideo

A busy Worthington High School boys tennis team spent its morning finishing a match with St. James Area on Tuesday, then traveled to Montevideo for another meet.

A busy Worthington High School boys tennis team spent its morning finishing a match with St. James Area on Tuesday, then traveled to Montevideo for another meet.

Worthington 7, Montevideo 0 MONTEVIDEO -- All four Trojans singles matches were won in straight sets, and two of their three doubles tandems also earned straight-set triumphs.

Worthington’s Blaine Doeden took a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Henry Strunc at first singles, and Sully Merrigan topped Chris Erickson 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles. Kipton Jenson won at No. 3 singles for WHS, defeating Owen Strunc 6-2, 7-5. Cade Lindner beat Lucas Hoium 6-2, 6-1 at fourth singles.

At No. 1 doubles, the Trojan duo of Pokway Taw and Kyle Janssen edged David Moreno and Calvin Anderson by scores of 6-4, 7-5. Max Langerud and Ryan Newman outlasted Cayden Olson and Tyler Johnson, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, at second doubles, and Anwar Farra and Michael Schnieder cruised past Drake Bartunek and Colton Unzen 6-0, 6-2 at third doubles.

“We played longer rallies and our serving got better as we went along,” WHS head coach Mike Marquardt said. “I’m just proud of the mental game. We played another really good team in our section, and we just played well throughout all the matches.

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“The competition and sportsmanship level was all-around great,” Marquardt added. “It was nice win and an exciting way to finish the day.”

St. James 5, Worthington 2 WORTHINGTON -- Merrigan and Lindner won matches for WHS in singles, with Merrigan beating Ben Boss 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and Lindner beating Nick Brey 6-4, 6-1 at No. 4 singles.

Doeden was defeated 3-6, 1-6 by Lucas Doll at first singles, and Jenson lost 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 4-6 to Zoie Becker at third singles.

St. James Area captured all three doubles matches, two of which (No. 1 and No. 2) that were forfeited due to AP Calculus testing. At No. 3, Schnieder and Farra were beaten in two sets by Sawyer Evans and Josue Solorzano.

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