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Section girls tennis: Trojans exit, Luverne awaits chance to play

MANKATO -- The Worthington High School girls tennis team battled rain and the Mankato East Cougars Tuesday. The rain problem was solved. The Cougars problem wasn’t.

East, the No. 2 seed in the Section 2AA team tournament, defeated seventh-seeded Worthington 7-0 to advance Thursday’s semifinal round. The match began at East and was moved to the Mankato West courts halfway through due to rain.

Worthington’s best matches against the Cougars came in doubles. In first doubles, East’s Sydney Dressen and Maddy Johanson beat the Trojans’ Jasmine Riley and Ivy Jenson 6-1, 6-2. Adrianna Kleinschmidt and Anna Resch topped Cindy Hernandez and Kya Nickel 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2. At third doubles Arika Kleinschmidt and Kamy Bartolo won 6-3, 6-2 against Marah Darling and Neveah Schrieber.

East’s Hannah Weng won 6-0, 6-0 over Worthington’s Maggie Putman at No. 1 singles. Kezia Kim beat Kessey Aljets 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, Katelyn Flatgard bested Cynthia Souksavath 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3, and Allie Kleinschmidt rolled past Madison Johnson at No. 4.

Worthington will begin section individual competition on Oct. 13.

Section 3A

BLUE EARTH -- Luverne and Blue Earth Area couldn’t overcome the rain on Monday, and they couldn’t get their match in on Tuesday either.

The two Section 3A teams plan to play their quarterfinal match today (Wednesday) at noon in Blue Earth. If that doesn’t work, they’ll travel to Owatonna where an indoor court is reserved.

Two attempts were made to play on Tuesday. After the Blue Earth courts were abandoned, the teams drove to Worthington. But the courts were too wet from mist.

Two first-round section matches were played by other teams this week. Top-seeded St. James Area beat River Valley 7-0, and Pipestone Area beat United South Central 6-1.