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Prep boys tennis: Worthington swept in opener; Luverne rolls

MONTEVIDEO -- A week after its season was set to begin, Worthington was shut out Tuesday in its season opener at Montevideo.The Thunder Hawks were perfect on the singles side, winning each of the four matches in straight sets. The Trojans put up ...

MONTEVIDEO - A week after its season was set to begin, Worthington was shut out Tuesday in its season opener at Montevideo.
The Thunder Hawks were perfect on the singles side, winning each of the four matches in straight sets. The Trojans put up a hard fight in doubles competition, but was unable to come away with a win as Montevideo claimed a 7-0 nonconference victory.
“We got an eye-opener tonight,” Worthington coach Mike Marquardt said. “Obviously losing seven players that’s going to happen.”
The closest battle of the day came at second doubles, where Worthington duo Smile Bu and Pokwa Taw won the first set 6-3. Troy Diggin and Kaden Marty were able to come back, however, winning each of the last two by a 6-2 score.
“Smile and Po, they are so aggressive at the net,” Marquardt said. “They really know how to finish. They struggled a little bit with their serves, but to get to three sets by just relying on your groundstrokes is pretty impressive.”
At the No. 1 doubles spot, Jordan Jensen and Brandon Harberts pushed Brandon Johnson and Henry Strunc to the limit in the first set, but fell 7-5. The Thunder Hawks pair won the second 6-0.
Max Langerud and Sully Merrigan took a 6-3, 6-0 loss at third doubles.
Bryan Doeden - playing first singles for the first time - lost 6-0, 6-2 to Jared Saue. Sebastian Licea, who was also a newbie to No. 2 singles, fell 6-0, 6-1 against Taylor Landmarx. Blaine Doeden and Gage Langerud lost their matches 6-3, 6-0 and 6-1, 6-1, respectively, at the third and fourth positions.
In junior varsity competition, Kip Jenson earned a 6-2, 6-3 singles victory for Worthington. Max Langerud and Merrigan also played a second match on the JV side and won, 6-2, 6-3.
The Trojans open up Big South Conference play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Luverne.
“We know what we have to work on and that we have to change some things,” Marquardt said.

Luverne 7, BEA 0
BLUE EARTH - Luverne was beyond dominant Tuesday in its 7-0 Big South Conference win over Blue Earth Area Tuesday.
The Cardinals never allowed more than one point in a set, sweeping the Buccaneers 7-0.
“Our depth and experience were key factors in our win today,” Luverne coach Greg Antoine said. “We have experience all the way down the lineup and into our exhibition players.”
At the No. 1 singles spot, Erik Wohnoutka swept Chandler Kienitz 6-1, 6-1. Jacob Jarchow shut out Parker Kienitz at second singles, 6-0, 6-0. Mark Robinson and Layne Curtis won 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-1 at third and fourth singles, respectively.
On the doubles side, Chris Jelken and Dalton Schoeneman made quick work of their No.1 opponents 6-1, 6-0. Cade VerSteeg and Tanner Baustian won by the same score in the second position with Trey Baustian and Isaac Gillette winning 6-0, 6-0 at third doubles.
“This year we have quite a few players that want to play varsity, so the competition to get to the top 10 is pretty intense,” Antoine said. “That should make all of us better in the long run.”

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