WHS GIRLS' TENNIS: Trojans finish 2-1 at Marshall Invitational

MARSHALL -- The Worthington girls' tennis team went 2-1 on Saturday at the Marshall Invitational, picking up a win against Marshall 5-2, losing to Montevideo 6-1 and beating Morris 7-0.

MARSHALL -- The Worthington girls' tennis team went 2-1 on Saturday at the Marshall Invitational, picking up a win against Marshall 5-2, losing to Montevideo 6-1 and beating Morris 7-0.

"It was an awesome day," Trojans coach Mike Marquardt said. "The bottom line is that we played a good mental game and were strong all day mentally."

Worthington took on Marshall in their first match of the day, with No. 1 singles player Kate Lesnar losing to Julia Hartmann 3-6, 6-4, 14-12. In No. 2 singles, Emily Williamson beat Anja Baumgarn 7-5, 6-2, while Rachel Drietz took down Rachel Landmark 3-6, 6-3, 10-8. In the final sinlges match of the game, Kirsten Aljets picked up a win in No. 4 singles against Krista Schultze 6-2, 6-4.

In No. 1 doubles, Annie Lesnar and Brianna Kempema lost to Marshall's Maggie Roy and Maddie Schoephoerster 4-6, 6-2, 10-0, while Elizabeth Luke and Laura Wetering defeated Annie Samuelson and Brittany Soupir. The final doubles match of the game went to Sara Janssen and Makensie Carstensen who won 6-0, 6-3 over Tori St. Aubin and Melise Baumgarn.

"We had four tie-breakers in the Marshall game and we split those," Marquardt said. "Any time you can go down to three sets in a game means that it can be anyones match."


The second game of the day against Montevideo was Worthington's only loss, with Kate Lesnar losing at No. 1 singles to Catherine Haugen 6-3, 6-1 and Williamson losing to Sierra Frazier 6-0, 6-1 in No. 2 singles. No. 3 singles was won by Montevideo's Kailey Maroney 6-4, 6-1 over Drietz, while Aljets lost to Natasha Smith 1-6, 6-4, 10-6 in No. 4 singles.

Doubles against Montevideo went only slightly better than the singles matches did, with Annie Lesnar and Kempema losing to Lyndsey Moe and Rose Reinert 6-3, 6-3 in No. 1 doubles. Luke and Wetering lost to Froya Olson and Morgan Reidinger 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 10-7, while Janssen and Carstensen picked up the only win of the game, 6-7 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4), 10-8, against Paige J. and Jessa Kack.

"Montevideo is a tough team to play," Marquardt said. "We had three tie-breakers in that game and we lost them all. If we had won even two of those the game would have been 4-3 in stead of 6-1."

In the final match of the day, Worthington earned a sweep over Morris (7-0).

Kate Lesnar won her match against Darcey Aronson 6-3, 6-0 in No. 1 singles, while Williamson defeated Abbie Olson 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 in No. 2 singles. In No. 3 singles, Drietz beat Megan Wagner 6-3, 7-6 (7-1), while No. 4 singles player Aljets defeated Shelby Marthaler 6-4, 6-1.

In No. 1 doubles, Annie Lesnar and Kempema won 7-5, 6-4 over Carly Gullickson and Kjera Anderson, while the No. 2 doubles team of Luke and Wetering beat out Kaitlin Vogel and Katie Connor 7-5, 6-4. In the final doubles match, Janssen and Carstensen defeated Elizabeth Schneider and Emily Moser 6-4, 6-3.

"Against Morris, we finished well the whole game," Marquardt said. "I hope we can be playing like that at the end of the season. We played tough the whole game."

In JV action, Shelby Larson won her singles match 8-0, while also winning a doubles match with Coral Owens (8-2) and losing another doubles match 8-6 along side teammate Tatyana Clark. Owens also split her singles matches, losing 8-1 and winning the second 8-2.


Kara Honius won her singles match (8-1), but lost her doubles match with Ashley Jansma 9-8 (7-5). Jansma won her singles match 8-2, while the doubles team of Miranda LeBrun and Alicia Khatt won two matches (8-2, 8-2) and lost one match 8-4.

Justyce Voss and her doubles teammate Paige Stewart won their first doubles matcg (8-0), but lost their next two 8-5 and 8-2. Anna Kill won her singles match 8-5, while also losing both of her doubles matches with Clark 8-5, 8-6.

The Trojans travel to Pipestone today to take on the Arrows at 4:15 p.m. in Pipestone.

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