Section 3A team boys tennis: Luverne makes state for seventh year in row
DAILY GLOBE REDWOOD FALLS -- Call it a dynasty if you want.The Luverne Cardinals boys tennis team did it again Tuesday; they won their seventh consecutive section team championship, conserving their energy in a 4-3 semifinal victory over Redwood ...
REDWOOD FALLS - Call it a dynasty if you want.
The Luverne Cardinals boys tennis team did it again Tuesday; they won their seventh consecutive section team championship, conserving their energy in a 4-3 semifinal victory over Redwood Valley, then blitzing Montevideo 6-1.
“The kids just did not want to break the streak,” said LHS head coach Greg Antoine.
It wasn’t a complete surprise. Then again, it rarely is. Luverne entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed, and with their championship win over Montevideo, they advanced to 16-1 on the season.
In the semifinals Tuesday against Redwood Valley, Luverne won the first four matches and then defaulted the remaining three to save energy for the next match.
Erik Wohnoutka defeated Redwood’s Nathaniel Passe 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 singles. Jacob Jarchow won 6-2, 6-1 over Logan Dehncke at No. 2 singles. Chris Jelken won 6-0, 6-0 over Michael Davila at No. 3 singles. And the LHS No. 3 doubles team of Trey Baustian and Isaac Gillette won 6-2, 6-2 over John Lammers and Beau Nesburg.
In the title match, Wohnoutka defeated his opponent, Jared Saue, by default after losing the first set 4-6 and winning the second 6-3. Saue suffered cramps in the match and could not continue in the third set.
At No. 2 singles, Jarchow won 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 over Taylor Landmark. Jelken won at No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-3, over Riley Emery.
Montevideo got its only win at No. 4 singles when Noah Stoeckman won 6-2, 7-5 over the Cardinals’ Mark Robinson.
Luverne’s No. 1 doubles team of Dalton Schoeneman and Layne Curtis won 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 over Brandon Johnson and Henry Strunc. The LHS No. 2 doubles team of Cade VerSteeg and Tanner Baustian won 6-3, 6-4 over Monty’s Troy Diggins and Chris Erickson. And the Luverne No. 3 doubles outfit of Baustian and Gillette defeated Kaden Marty and Thomas GeeHoover 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-4.
Jelken and the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams finished their matches first, giving Luverne a 3-0 lead. Robinson’s loss made it 3-1, and all the other matches went to third sets.
“We battled and kept at it until we were successful in the end,” said Antoine.
The section individual tourney begins Thursday in Redwood Falls.