TENNIS: Luverne wins twice against LQPV
LUVERNE -- Luverne's doubles teams carried the girls tennis squad to back-to-back 4-3 victories over Lac Qui Parle Valley on Saturday. The Cardinals won all six doubles matches on the day, including a thrilling, come-from-behind effort in the sec...
LUVERNE -- Luverne's doubles teams carried the girls tennis squad to back-to-back 4-3 victories over Lac Qui Parle Valley on Saturday.
The Cardinals won all six doubles matches on the day, including a thrilling, come-from-behind effort in the second dual by Erin Doherty and Erica Marshall.
The sophomores lost their first set of the match, 2-6, before rallying to take the next two, 6-3 and 7-5.
"(Erin and Erica) were pretty fired up after the match," head coach Greg Antoine said. "They showed me they really have the desire to win. It was exciting to watch."
Doherty and Marshall also defeated Jordyn Kalthoff and Jessical Eliason 6-1, 6-2 in the first dual.
In other doubles action from dual No. 1, Cardinals Hilary Deragisch and Cathryn Hartz won over Danielle Brehmer and Brittany Stensrud 6-1, 6-0.
Luverne's Paige Pierce and Krista Van Dyk also beat Sarah Zaiser and Whitney Schwenk 6-2, 6-2.
"Our doubles play has been really great so far this year," Antoine said. "All of our girls seem to get along this year, which is a must for a good doubles team."
Besides Doherty and Marshall's victory, in the second dual Autumn Wenzel and Hannah Baartman teamed up to beat LQPV's Zaiser and Schwenk 6-3, 6-4.
Kaitlin Wohnoutka and Emily Robinson also contributed with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Kalthoff and Eliason.
"The girls are hitting the right shots at the right times and finishing off the points at the net," Antoine said.
Each dual featured four singles matches and three doubles matches.
Luverne only went 2-6 in one-on-one matchups.
"Our singles play needs to improve in order for us to be more competitive in the section," Antoine said. "We need to have more of a purpose for where and when to hit certain shots. We just need a little more confidence as well."