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WHS tennis: Trojans take six from YME

WORTHINGTON -- It took the Worthington boys tennis team a bit to get going, but once it settled in, it was all engines go as the Trojans defeated Yellow Medicine East on Monday at Worthington Middle School.

WORTHINGTON -- It took the Worthington boys tennis team a bit to get going, but once it settled in, it was all engines go as the Trojans defeated Yellow Medicine East on Monday at Worthington Middle School.

“I think we just get a little too nervous and then when you’re nervous, the feet don’t move,” Worthington head coach Mike Marquardt said. “All the action’s at the net. And when you figure that out and you place the ball and you’re consistently working to get up there, you’re going to make better shots. If you stay back you give them a head start and are playing catch up.”

Trojans No. 2 singles player Kyle Janssen started slow, losing the first set 6-2 to YME’s Noah Lusti, but fought back to win the next two sets 6-3 and 6-2 and win the only 3-set match of the contest.

“I was kinda in my head in the first set and just needed to come out and start playing the best that I can,” Janssen said.

The heat was a factor on a day where highs reached the upper-80s and Janssen said he used that to his advantage as he tried to wear his opponent in his comeback.

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“He was not quite as quick so I’d try to short shot it and move him as much as possible to get him tired,” he said.  “It was really tough to play through the heat, but you’ve just gotta keep pushing through it. You’ve got to get this game, point, set, and just push through no matter how hot it is”

At No. 3 singles, Worthington’s Sully Merrigan had a hard-fought 6-4 victory in the first set and then ran through the second set 6-0 in his victory over Cody Speh.

At No. 4 singles, Worthington’s Kipton Jensen defeated Ammon Bennett 6-2, 6-2.

Yellow Medicine East’s lone win came at No. 1 singles where Matthew Virnig defeat Blaine Doeden 6-4, 6-1.

The Trojans swept through the doubles matches, picking up three wins.

Another case of Trojans starting slow and picking up steam as the match went along, Carter Ponto and Ryan Newman defeated Brandon Olson and Ean Clarke at No. 3 doubles.

“In the first set, we were getting in our own head a little bit too much so we calmed down, hit our serves and tried to go from there,” Ponto Said. “In the second set, we started setting each other up a little more. He was hitting it to certain spots where they would just pop it up and we could both finish right at the net.”

At  No. 2 doubles, Cade Lindner and Max Langerud defeated Jakob Pringle and Tyler Syring 6-3, 6-2.

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“Cade and Max with their rallies and their consistency, they didn’t go for too much,” Marquardt said. “They had a couple of points in the first set and in the second set where it was volley for volley for volley. There were a lot of longer points and they stayed with it.”

Brandon Harberts and Pokway Taw defeated Cody Zimmer and Nick Schindele 6-3, 6-1 at No. 1 doubles.

The Trojans are back in action today at Sioux Falls Lincoln.

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