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WHS girls compete in individual tennis tournament

Members of the Worthington Trojans girls tennis team competed Saturday in the 2AA Individual Tournament.

The following are results:

Marah Darling (No. 7 seed) defeated Baylee Knott of Mankato West, 6-1, 6-1. Darling then lost to second-seeded Alyssa Lam of Prior Lake 6-0, 6-2.

Eighth-seeded Kessey Aljets defeated Marshall's Taylor Depover 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 and was then defeated by No. 1 seed Emily Randolph of Jordan 6-1, 6-3.

The ninth-seeded doubles team of Ivy Jenson and Bailey Newman lost to the eighth-seeded duo of Lillian Schmidt and Mckenna Schreiber of Mankato East 7-6 (5), 6-3.

Taya Oberloh/Brooke Nordseth defeated New UIm's Lillian Merkel and Melanie Merkel 6-4, 6-1, and then fell to second-seeded Payton Douglas and Lauryn Douglas of Mankato West 6-0, 6-1.

"Absolutely the best individual tournament the Trojan girls have ever had," WHS head coach Mike Marquardt said. "All players jumped to a higher level of play and maintained it throughout their matches. Very proud of the points, attitudes and grit displayed. It was incredible to see the relaxed, confident, determined level of play during all the matches which normally is displayed during practices.

"The bar has been set," Marquardt added. "Thank you to all the players, families and fans who have supported us throughout the year."

The following team members received team and conference honors (pictured, from left):

Kessey Aljets -- All-Conference Honorable Mention

Kory Nickel -- Best Sportsmanship

Marah Darling -- All-Conference and Most Dedicated; MVP

Bailey Newman -- Most Improved

Ivy Jenson -- All-Conference Honorable Mention

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