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Boys tennis: Trojans beat Pipestone Area

Trojan Sullivan Merrigan punches the ball back to Pipestone opponent Rily Longstreet in Thursday's high school boys tennis match. (Tim Middagh/The Globe)

BY DOMINIC BURNS

The Globe

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Trojans defeated Pipestone Area 6-1 in their Big South Conference boys tennis matchup Thursday.

The Trojans overcame early mental errors en route to the victory.

“I think we still get butterflies, it takes a while for the boys to relax,” Worthington head coach Mike Marquardt said. “By the fourth game the boys were more comfortable after spending the first couple of game evaluating the other side.”

Blaine Doeden defeated Jackson Winter 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles for Worthington. Sully Merrigan defeated Riley Longstreet  6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles. Kipton Jenson defeated Dalton Pottraz 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3 singles. Cade Lindner defeated Cade Baartman 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4 singles.

Ryan Newman and Ben Lopez defeated Cory Cooper and Taylor Mollema 7-5, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles. Michael Schneider and Alec Langerud defeated Jaden Lorang and Ryan Woodbury 6-4, 6-2 at No. 3 doubles.

“I like playing fast pace and high intensity,” Schneider said. “Alec and I both are able to play around the court. Our strategy is going up to the net and pressuring them into a difficult hit.”  

“I think our communication was extremely well today.” Schneider explained. “Alec and I got together, after some early losses in the first set, and by taking the game on point at a time, the match quickly swung in our favor.”

After starting the first set trailing 2-3, Schneider and Langerud went on to win 6-4.

The Arrows’ lone victory came at No. 2 doubles. Isaac Stiles and Cole Paulson defeated Colby Hastings and Bobby Souwankham 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

The Trojans are always looking to improve.

“Doubles-wise we need to finish better at the net,” Marquardt said. “Singles, we need to keep our serving percentages high.”

The Trojans face their biggest challenge next in perennial Big South Conference contender Luverne tomorrow (Friday) at the Worthington tennis courts.

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