The Luverne girls’ tennis team won two meets over the past week, beating Blue Earth 4-3 Tuesday, Sept. 5, and Marshall 4-3 Thursday, Sept. 7.
“The doubles teams have been playing great all season,” said head coach Jon Beers.
“In the two team matches this week, they were a combined 6-0.”
The 7-2 Cardinals were scheduled to host Worthington Tuesday, Sept. 12, and Pipestone Area Thursday, Sept, 14.
“We play Pipestone Thursday in the annual Battle Racket match,” Beers said about the Cardinals’ most important match of the year so far.
“Pipestone won the match 4-3 last year, so it would be nice to be able to win that back this year.”
Luverne will travel to Sioux Falls Lincoln Monday, Sept. 18.
Luverne 4, Blue Earth 3
The Luverne girls’ tennis team traveled to Blue Earth Tuesday, Sept. 5, beating the Buccaneers 4-3 on the court.
In singles play the Cardinals gave up three matches to Blue Earth.
Senior Sarah Stegenga lost to her opponent 6-0 and 6-1 in Luverne’s No.1 match.
In the No. 2 match senior Morgan Hadler won her first set 6-4 but gave up the next two sets 7-5 and 6-3.
“Hadler had a good match losing to a tough opponent in three sets,” Beers said.
“She lost to the same girls last year without winning a game, so to be able to win a set from her this year was a nice improvement.”
Senior Rayann Remme lost 6-4, 6-0 in the No. 3 match.
Junior Katia Jarchow beat her opponent in two sets 6-1 and 6-3 for a match win.
The Cardinals won all three doubles matches against the Buccaneers.
In the No. 1 doubles match, juniors Augusta Papik and Caitlin Kindt took two sets 6-1, 6-1 for a match win.
Seniors Roselynn Hartshorn and Cassi Chesley won their No. 2 doubles match in two sets, 6-0 and 6-2.
Juniors Emma Nath and Corynn Oye lost their first set 5-7 in No. 3 doubles but came back and won the next two sets 7-6 (6) and 7-6 (5) for a match win.
“It was a great win for Nath and Oye at No. 3 doubles,” Beers said.
“They lost the first set 7-5 but were able to win the next two sets in tiebreakers to win the match.”
Luverne 4, Marshall 3
Luverne hosted Marshall Thursday, Sept. 7, winning the tennis meet 4-3.
With Remme out with a toe injury, coach Beers had to switch up the roster against the Tigers.
Stegenga stayed at the No. 1 singles and lost two close sets 6-4, 7-5 to her Tiger opponent.
Hadler played at the No. 2 singles losing 6-0, 6-2 in two sets.
Hartshorn, who usually plays doubles, moved to the No. 3 singles match beating her Marshall opponent 6-3, 6-2.
“It was a nice win for Roselynn at No. 3 singles. It was her first singles match of the season, and she just played a really solid match,” Beers said.
In the No. 4 singles, Chesley also moved from doubles to singles and defeated her opponent 7-6 (5) and 6-1.
In doubles play, Papik and Kindt stayed at No. 1 and won their match 6-4, 7-5.
Nath and Oye stayed at No. 2 doubles beating Marshall 6-4, 6-1.
Jarchow and sophomore Addyson Mann teamed up in the No. 3 doubles match losing the first set 5-7 and taking the next two sets 6-4 and 7-5.
“Addy was pulled up from the JV team due to an injury to Remme,” Beers said.
She and Katia ended up being the last match on the courts with the team score tied at three each.
“They lost the first set but were able to win the next two sets to get the team a 4-3 win,” Beers said.