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State-ranked Fairmont drops Worthington in girls tennis, 7-0

You might not win a tennis match against a team like the Fairmont Cardinals, but if you keep your eyes open and continue fighting to the end, you just might learn something.

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WORTHINGTON -- You might not win a tennis match against a team like the Fairmont Cardinals, but if you keep your eyes open and continue fighting to the end, you just might learn something.

The Fairmont High School girls tennis team is state-ranked, and the Cards showed why Tuesday at the Worthington middle school courts. Altogether, they dropped just one set. And they defeated the host Trojans 7-0.

Worthington has a good girls tennis team this fall. But Fairmont, judging from Tuesday’s result, is simply a cut above.

“They play very consistent. They’re very patient. They can put a ball away,” said WHS head coach Mike Marquardt.

But win or lose, Coach Marquardt said, any player can learn from playing a superior opponent. And they can learn a little bit more about themselves, too.

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“My goal is I don’t care who you play against, you’re still going to have to play up to your level,” Marquardt said minutes after Fairmont secured its seventh triumph. “And you’re going to surprise yourself, because you’re going to find out what you’re made of. Nothing I do in practice is going to help you better than a match like this.”

Worthington’s lone winning set on Tuesday came at No. 3 doubles with Taylor Nordseth and Hannah McNab, who lost the first 6-4, won the second 6-3, then lost a 12-10 super tiebreaker to the Cardinals’ Johanna Perske and Anika Haugen.

Before Nordseth and McNab were finished, all the other matches ended. And all of them in two sets.

At No. 1 singles, Fairmont’s Claire Nemmers beat Worthington’s Ivy Jenson 6-0, 6-3 in a battle between two players who specialize in getting the ball back into the other court. After getting shut out in the first set, Jenson held an early lead in the second set before Nemmers took over.

Fairmont’s Briana Joseph defeated Worthington’s Marah Darling 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. At No. 3 singles, the Cards’ Maggy Totzke won 6-0, 6-1 over Kessey Aljets. And at No. 4 singles, Fairmont’s Abi Peyman won 6-2, 6-2 over the Trojans’ Bailey Newman.

At first doubles, Fairmont’s Lauren Davis and Ellie Mernes teamed up for a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Worthington’s Brooke Nordseth and Taya Oberloh. And at second doubles, the visitors’ Hope Klanderud and Libby Totzke won 6-0, 6-0 over Calah Riley and Madison Shaffer.

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