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Girls tennis: Kelly Newman shows grit in Trojans' loss

WORTHINGTON -- In a match that went solidly in the other team's favor, the Worthington Trojans received a dose of grit and determination Thursday from No. 2 singles player Kelly Newman. Newman, a junior this fall, lost her match with River Valley...

 

WORTHINGTON -- In a match that went solidly in the other team’s favor, the Worthington Trojans received a dose of grit and determination Thursday from No. 2 singles player Kelly Newman.

Newman, a junior this fall, lost her match with River Valley’s Madison Hoffman in three sets. Newman won the first set 7-5 but lost the next two, 6-1 and 7-5.

“But she fought for everything,” said Newman’s head coach, Mike Marquardt. “One rally we had 11 hits just on our side.”

The Trojans, who’ve struggled in girls tennis in recent years, are hoping to break through and win a few matches this fall. To do it, Marquardt said, they’ll need to put into practice the excellent things they’re doing on the practice courts. Judging from Thursday’s performance in a 7-0 loss to River Valley, the Trojans still have a ways to go.

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“Patience,” Marquardt said when asked what his players need to show. “I think we just try to rush stuff. We’re not waiting for that shot.”

Against Hoffman, what Newman may have lacked in formula, she more than made up for in effort. Marquardt said it would have been easy for a high school tennis player to pack it in after losing the second set 6-1, but Newman wouldn’t quit.

“I told myself I’m not going to lay down and let her win,” Newman said later.

Newman has been playing tennis since the seventh grade. And now, she says she knows what she needs to do to become the player she wants to be. When reminded of Marquardt’s assessment that she too often allowed her opponent to get to the net, where Hoffman made winners, Newman agreed. She also said she wants to develop more power in her serves.

All of the other individual matches went just two sets on a sunny and mild Thursday afternoon at the Worthington middle school tennis courts.

Hanna Himmelman beat Worthington’s Anna Kill 6-4, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. Lauren Klein beat Worthington’s Shelby Larson 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3 singles. The Wildcats’ Brianna Schmidt was a 6-2, 6-3 winner over the Trojans’ Jamie Newman.

The River Valley No. 1 doubles duo of Courtney Engholm and Karlie Ries defeated the Trojans’ Coral Owens and Jasmine Ling 6-2, 6-0, and the No. 2 team of Sam Walter and Zoe Machlanburg won 6-0, 6-3 over Maggie Putnam and Katilyn Brunk. At No. 3 doubles, River Valley’s Megan Himmelman and Kelgie Domeier won 6-2, 6-3 over Worthington’s Chloe Bents and Cynthia Salksavath.

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