Trojans edge past Cardinals

WORTHINGTON – Worthington’s Nick Newman and Kody Honius came back after trailing 4-0 in the second set to win the decisive No. 2 doubles match to give the Trojans a 4-3 victory over the Fairmont Cardinals tennis team on Monday in Worthington.

Newman and Honius took the first set by a 6-1 decision over Ryan Busche and Mitch Anderton, but the Cardinal duo managed to surge to a four-game lead in the second set.

The Trojans found momentum again and won six straight games to close out the set to earn the point and the team win.

Grant Becker and Carter Klanderud each outlasted their opponents for three-set wins to bookend the singles bracket.

Grant Becker fell in the opening set of his first singles match 6-1 to Carter Linder before roaring back for 6-3, 6-4 second- and third-set wins, respectively, to claim the point.

Klanderud, likewise, fell in the opening set of his fourth singles match against Bryan Doeden. Doeden earned the first set by a 6-3 decision before Klanderud took over the match with scores of 6-3 and 6-2 in the final two sets.

Austin Becker and Jake Kallenbach teamed for the Cardinals’ other meet point, beating Caleb Dirksen and Levi Blanchard 6-2, 6-2 in the third doubles match.

Worthington’s Andrew Johnson defeated Sterlin Johnson 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, while Ben Doeden downed Tyler Head at third singles, 6-2, 6-1.

The Trojans’ A.J. Hayenga and Dillon Pederson took the first doubles victory over J.T. Viesselman and Andrew Johnson, 6-3, 6-0, to help earn the meet win.

Fairmont (2-9, 2-2 SCC) travels to St. Peter today for a 4:30 p.m. conference meet at Gustavus Adolphus College.

JV Results

Fairmont 5, WHS 2

Singles: Kellen Rodriguez (F) d. Ernst Goriolan, 7-1. Shawn Busche (F) d. Jordan Jensen, 8-7.

Doubles: Tony Joseph-Calvin King (F) d. Kyle Janssen-Carter Ponto, 8-2. Brandon Harberts-Nick Putnam (W) d. Ben Hernes-Connor Madsen, 8-6. Tony Joseph-King (F) d. Jonah McDonald-Scott Schnieder, 8-4. Shawn Busche-Rodriguez (F) d. Kenneth Garcia-Max Langerud, 8-2. D.J. Berger-Sebastian Licea (W) d. Hernes-Madsen, 8-1.