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Trojans shoring up their shots in girls tennis, lose to River Valley 4-3

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WORTHINGTON -- Hannah McNab’s view on the Worthington Trojans girls tennis team is a little different than it was a year ago. She is now a sophomore playing No. 1 singles.

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“Definitely learning a lot more than when I first started,” McNab said Tuesday afternoon in the Trojans’ 4-3 dual meet loss to River Valley at the local middle school courts. “I went from third doubles last year.”

That’s quite a change, but McNab gave River Valley rival Taylor Berkner a pretty good run in her 3-6, 2-6 setback. There were many good rallies in the match, and when it was over McNab indicated that she enjoys singles because the competition is more intense.

“At the beginning of the season I wasn’t (in sync). But now I’m getting more used to it. It’s a lot more strategy than doubles. And you’re also by yourself, so you have to get yourself hyped up.”

The hardest thing now is placing shots, McNab said.

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Though Worthington wound up on the losing end of the team score, it did manage to win the final match on the courts. That was at No. 3 singles, where the Trojans’ Brooke Nordseth defeated River Valley’s Erika Wells 7-6, 7-6, winning the tiebreakers 7-2 and 7-5 respectively.

At No. 2 singles, River Valley’s Brissa Hernandez won 6-1, 6-3 over the Trojans’ Taylor Nordseth. But at No. 4 singles, Worthington’s Taya Oberloh outplayed Jillian Mays 6-0, 6-1.

River Valley won two of the three doubles matches. Kiera Lafferty and Courtlyn Runck beat Worthington’s Riley Nickel and Dryn Donkersloot 6-1, 6-1 at the No. 1 position. Teammates Anna Rossbach and Gabby Anderson won 6-3, 6-3 over Worthington’s Sadie Nickel and Makaya Phoungphet at No. 2. Worthington prevailed at No. 3 with Chloe Martinez and Taylor Michelson over Chloe Ourman and Emma Contreras, 6-0, 6-1.

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Doug Wolter joined the Worthington Globe in December of 1983 as a sports reporter. He later became sports editor, and then news editor and managing editor. In 2006 he moved to Mankato with his wife, Sandy, and served as an editor at the Mankato Free Press. In 2013 he and Sandy returned to Worthington to take up the job of sports editor at The Globe, and they have been in Worthington since.

Doug can be reached at dwolter@dglobe.com.
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