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Girls tennis: Luverne falls to USC, beats LQVP

LUVERNE -- The Luverne High School girls tennis team went 1-1 in its own triangular tournament on Saturday. The Cardinals were edged 4-3 by United South Central, but beat Lac qui Parle Valley 6-1.

LHS first singles player Carissa Cunningham won two matches on the day, beating USC's Daylyn Huper 6-0, 6-1, and LQPV's Anna Hacker 6-0, 3-6, 11-9 tiebreaker.

"Carissa had a great day. Her game has really developed over the summer. She is a real competitor on the court," said Cards head coach Greg Antoine.

Luverne also got a pair of wins from the No. 3 doubles team of Lauren Ver Steeg and Solveig Tofteland, who beat USC's Kelsie Chapman and Sarah Mantor 6-2, 6-0, and LQPV's Ashton Kittleson and Jade Bukowski 6-0, 6-3.

"We made some beginning of the season mistakes, but overall I was pleased with our play," Antoine said. "We always have a few things to work on, such as drop shots, half volleys, and when to come in to the net."