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Boys tennis: Trojans sustain first loss

By DOMINIC BURNS The Globe WORTHINGTON -- Waseca defeated Worthington 5-2 Thursday at the Trojan Courts. The hard-fought loss was the first of the 2019 boys tennis season for the Trojans. The Trojans' Blaine Doeden defeated Blue Jay Charlie Hutte...

By DOMINIC BURNS

The Globe

WORTHINGTON -- Waseca defeated Worthington 5-2 Thursday at the Trojan Courts. The hard-fought loss was the first of the 2019 boys tennis season for the Trojans.

The Trojans’ Blaine Doeden defeated Blue Jay Charlie Huttemier 6-4, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. In the first set Doeden, a senior, found himself in a place he hasn’t been so familiar with this season -- behind.

“He (Huttmeier) came out hard and fast out of the gate, which is something I hadn’t really prepped for,” Blaine explained. “In order to adjust I started calming down my shots, working with patience, and instead of getting too bold too soon waited for my play to develop.”

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Doeden has gone undefeated this season, and returns as the lone Trojan with state experience. Doeden inspires to be a mentor to his teammates, which includes a considerable amount of middle schoolers and underclassmen.

“I remember my days starting out and looking up to the older kids,” Doeden reminisced. “In eighth grade, my first year of varsity, Andrew Johnson was the star and made it to state. I frame my game around him, and to be a role model to the younger kids like he had been to me.”  

The only other WHS victory came at No. 4 singles where junior Cade Lindner commanded the match in both sets. Lindner defeated Victor Feeley 6-2, 6-1.

The Trojans endured tough losses at No. 2 singles and No. 3 singles. Sully Merrigan was able to force a third set before falling short. Jay Lewer defeated Merrigan 7-6 (4), 0-6, 6-2 at the No. 2 spot. J.P. Swanson defeated Trojan Kipton Jenson 7-6 (5), 7-6 (7-6 (4) at No 3 singles.

“It was a tough match,” Worthington head coach Mike Marquardt said. “But again, we want tough matches as the body only gets better when it is stressed.”

The Trojans struggled with slow starts, and with early mental errors. But a good example of showing growth in the match was at No. 1 doubles where Ben Lopez and Ryan Newman kept the second set close after losing the first 6-1. Jacob Butterfield and Jordane Kouba-Priebe defeated Newman and Lopez 6-1, 7-5.

Ritchie Diedrich and Earl Hansen defeated Trojans Bobby Souwankham and Colby Hastings 6-2, and 7-6 (6) at No. 2 doubles. Ben Diedrich and Dahminik Deutsch defeated Trojans Michael Schnieder and Alec Langerud 6-3, 6-3 at No. 3 doubles.

“There's nothing wrong with a reality check, we are still a good team and with a stronger mental state you can overcome things you haven't dreamed of.” Marquardt said. “We have good faith in what our abilities are, we meet (Waseca) again another day, and I believe there is a different outcome.”

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