Netters down Madison, Trojans

The Luverne tennis team posted a pair of victories to up its season record to 9-3.

The Cardinals rolled to a five-point win in Worthington Thursday before nipping Madison, South Dakota, by one point Monday in Luverne.

LHS plays in Redwood Falls Thursday.


LHS 4, Madison 3

The Cardinals notched their ninth win of the season when they bested Madison by one point Monday in Luverne.

LHS went 3-0 in doubles and notched one singles win to seal the victory.

“We were carried by our doubles teams,” said LHS coach Greg Antoine.

“We continue to do things well in doubles. We move well, seem to be in the right place at the right time and finish off the points well in doubles.”

After falling 6-4 in the first set at No. 1 doubles to Matt Graff and Gabe Richards, Luverne’s Dalton Schoeneman and Chris Jelken battled back to take the second set 6-3 before winning a super tiebreaker (10-5) in the third set.

Mark Robinson and Cade VerSteeg posted a 7-6 (7-3 in the tiebreaker), 6-0 win over Marcus Van Den Bosch and Derek Breusch at second doubles, while Tanner Baustian and Layne Curtis posted a 6-2 and 7-5 victory against Chase Zingmark and Dylan Zingmark at third doubles.

Luverne’s singles win came from Isaac Gillette, who notched 6-2 and 6-1 victories over Blake Kennington at No. 4.

Madison received singles wins from Kevin Shan (6-0, 6-0 over Cory Stroeh at No. 1), Logan Jager (6-3, 6-3 over Jacob Jarchow at No. 2) and Mitch Hansen (6-2, 6-2 over Trey Baustian at No. 3).


Luverne 6, WHS 1

The Cardinals upped their Big South Conference record to 2-0 with a five-point win over the Trojans in Worthington Thursday.

Luverne won all three doubles matches and went 3-1 in singles to win the battle with WHS.

“The match was a lot closer than the final score indicates,” said coach Antoine.

“We got off to a slow start in most of our matches, but we really have a good attitude about our games right now. We are playing with a lot of confidence in our points and matches. Tennis a mental game and we seem to be finding a way to win right now.”

Schoeneman and Jelken posted 6-1 and 6-0 victories against Jonah McDonald and Orissa Nitibhon at first doubles, while Robinson and VerSteeg notched 6-4 and 6-3 victories against Bryan Doeden and Blaine Doeden at No. 2.

Tanner Baustian and Gillette secured 7-5 and 6-0 wins against Levi Blanchard and Sebastian Licea at third doubles.

Stroeh (6-3, 7-6, 7-1 in the tiebreaker over Nick Newman at No. 2), Jarchow (6-1, 6-0 over Greg Langerude at No. 3) and Trey Baustian (7-5, 6-1 over Jordan Jensen at No. 4) prevailed in singles for LHS.

Worthington’s Andrew Johnson handed Erik Wohnoutka 6-0 and 6-1 setbacks at first singles.

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