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Section 3A team tennis: Luverne advances to state

REDWOOD FALLS -- The Luverne Cardinals, who for years has been the definition of exceptional boys tennis in southwest Minnesota, has qualified once again for the state Class A high school tournament. Coach Greg Antoine's Cards defeated Montevideo...

 

REDWOOD FALLS -- The Luverne Cardinals, who for years has been the definition of exceptional boys tennis in southwest Minnesota, has qualified once again for the state Class A high school tournament.

Coach Greg Antoine’s Cards defeated Montevideo 4-3 in the semifinals of the Section 3A tournament Wednesday at Redwood Falls, then carried the day 5-2 against top-seeded Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd in the championship match.

LHS, seeded second in the tournament, posted a 1-2 record in the state team tournament last season and will try to improve on that as the 2017 state tourney gets under way June 6 at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

In the other section semifinal match Wednesday, Worthington -- which won its first-round bout 6-1 against Yellow Medicine East on Monday -- showed itself well in a 4-3 loss to Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd.

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Worthington won three of the four individual matches but lost all three of the doubles matches.

At No. 1 singles, the Trojans’ Blaine Doeden defeated Eli Weber 6-2, 6-3. At No. 3 singles, Sully Merrigan was a 6-3, 6-4 winner over LQPV/DB’s Trevor Sigdahl 6-3, 6-4. And at No. 4 singles, Trojan Kipton Jenson beat Cody McKesson 5-7, 2-0 (2-0).

Lac qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd won the No. 2 singles match 6-4, 6-4, with Ryan Borstad over Kyle Janssen.

Worthington’s No. 1 doubles team of Brandon Harberts and Pokwar Taw lost 1-6, 4-6 to Conrad Matthies and Blake Buer. The No. 2 doubles team of Max Langerud and Cade Lindner lost 4-6, 1-6 to Gavin Olson and Jeraco Parsa. The No. 3 doubles team of Carter Ponto and Ryan Newman lost 2-6, 3-6 to Jake Lee and Josh Josh Anytasike.

 

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