ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Section 3A boys tennis: Trojans dispatch RV, look forward to final day of tournament

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojans boys tennis team made an easy meal out of Redwood Valley Tuesday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Section 3A team tournament. And soon after their 7-0 win, the second-seeded Worthingtonians were te...

4232701+Trojantennis1web.jpg
Sully Merrigan of Worthington High School focuses on his serve Tuesday in a Section 3A boys tennis match with Redwood Valley. (Doug Wolter/The Globe)

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojans boys tennis team made an easy meal out of Redwood Valley Tuesday afternoon in the quarterfinal round of the Section 3A team tournament. And soon after their 7-0 win, the second-seeded Worthingtonians were tempted to look ahead to the second and final day of the tournament -- today -- and a possible date with top-seeded Luverne.

In late April, Worthington lost to Luverne 7-0, though there were several close matches. But the Trojans believe they’ve improved quite a lot since then.

“I think we have a chance to take Luverne. The singles has really helped for our team,” said fourth singles player Cade Lindner, who swept past Redwood Valley’s Jack Frank 6-0, 6-0 on Tuesday. “(We’ve got to) just play our own game. ‘Cuz we get caught in the name ‘Luverne,’ and we just stop. Can’t be intimidated.”

Teammate Kipton Jenson, who earned a 6-1, 6-0 win Tuesday against the Cardinals’ Jacob Zollner at No. 3 singles, said, “I think if we all give it 110 (percent), it’ll be a good match.”

In Redwood Falls today, Luverne will play fourth-seeded Yellow Medicine East at noon in the semifinals. Worthington will go against No. 3 Lac qui Parle Valley, a 6-1 winner over No. 6 Pipestone Area on Tuesday, at 1:30. The semifinal winners will meet for a state tournament berth later today at 3 p.m.

ADVERTISEMENT

WHS head coach Mike Marquardt agreed with his players that his team is ready to take on Luverne a second time.

“I definitely like our odds,” he said. “If we can play our tennis, I think it could be a 4-3. But again, we have to take our time. We have to face the next team ahead of us. Luverne’s very consistent. Luverne can play very well. They’re used to taking a lead and not looking back. But whoever we play next is still going to be a good match.”

On Tuesday, Worthington’s No. 1 singles player, Blaine Doeden, eased past Redwood Valley counterpart Ben Collins 6-1, 6-0. At No. 2 singles, teammate Sully Merrigan won 6-0, 6-4 over the Cards’ Andrew Muetzel.

The doubles matches were similarly one-sided. Worthington’s Pokway Taw and Kyle Janssen defeated Cameran Sommers and Xander Seaman 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1. At No. 2, Trojans Max Langerud and Ryan Newman prevailed 6-1, 6-0 over Redwood’s Payton Nelson and Josiah Hultquist. Third doubles duo Anwar Farra and Michael Schnieder won 6-0, 6-2 over Brian Bucholz and Connor Thordson.

4232714+Trojanstennis2web.jpg
WHS tennis coach Mike Marquardt discusses strategy with singles player Blaine Doeden after his match Tuesday against Redwood Valley. (Doug Wolter/The Globe

Related Topics: BOYS TENNIS
Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
What To Read Next
WORTHINGTON – The top 10 teams in Minnesota Class A high school gymnastics will be in Worthington on Saturday (Jan. 28) for the state True Team meet. Participating teams are Becker, Benson, Big Lake, Byron, Detroit Lakes, Mankato West, Melrose, New London-Spicer, St. Peter, and Worthington.
Tom Goehle, son of legendary coach Hugo Goehle, was once a star athlete at Hills-Beaver Creek High School. Now he gives back through coaching and his involvement in Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Hall of Famer Tony Oliva and current Minnesota Twins stopped in Luverne Wednesday with the annual Winter Caravan tour
Thursday night high school sports roundup: