Sweeping all six of its doubles matches Monday, the Marshall girls' tennis team went 2-0 in a triangular in Albert Lea. The Tigers defeated Albert Lea 6-1, then took down New Ulm 5-2.
For a Marshall team that won just three matches all of last year, Monday's early-season results were very encouraging for the Tigers.
"It was a good day," Marshall head coach Holly Knudson said. "The girls were excited, the coaches were excited. It was really fun to see, especially against Albert Lea because they beat us in a close one last year."
Marshall's No. 1 singles player Julia Hartmann won both of her matches. Against New Ulm's Laura Albrecht, she recovered from a shaky first set to win 2-6, 6-3, 10-5.
Jenna Gannott, the Tigers' No. 2 singles player, went 1-1, with her win coming against Albert Lea's Suzie Marin. Gannott won 6-4, 6-1.
Marshall also got two wins at No. 4 singles. Melise Baumgarn claimed a 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) win for the Tigers against Albert Lea's Laura Piper, and Crista Schultze earned a 6-3, 6-4 victory over New Ulm's Miriam Jakel at No. 4 singles in the other match.
Even in the losses, the Tigers were right there. Gannott lost her match to New Ulm's Jennifer Martins 3-6, 6-4, 11-9, and at No. 3 singles, Marshall's Anja Baumgarn forced three sets in both of her matches.
Where the Tigers dominated was in doubles, where they didn't drop a set. The No. 1 doubles team of Maggie Roy and Maddie Schoephoerster, the No. 2 team of Britanny Soupir and Annie Samuelson, and the No. 3 team of Brooke Louwagie and Rachel Landmark all swept their matches.
It was Louwagie's first match back from a hand injury. Normally a top singles player, she did well working with Landmark on Monday.
"Having Brooke back out there made a big difference," Knudson said. "The doubles all played really well.
"We kind of had a slow start right away when we got there because it was a long ride and they weren't moving their feet, but I got in there after the second changeover and got them going."
Knudson said she was happy to not only see the Tigers play well Monday, but to be rewarded for their effort. That was something they didn't see much last year.
"You always talk about concentrating on geting better and it not mattering if you win, but it's always more fun when you do win," Knudson said. "They've been working hard and it's fun to see their confidence growing."
The Tigers are back on the court today for a match against Yellow Medicine East in Granite Falls. They they travel to Pipestone Thursday for their first Southwest Conference match of the season.
Marshall 6, Albert Lea 1
1. Julia Hartmann (MAR) def. Megan Gilbertson 6-2, 6-2
2. Jenna Gannott (MAR) def. Suzie Marin 6-3, 6-1
3. Lynzee Underdahl (AL) def. Anja Baumgarn 6-1, 6-7 (6-8), 10-6
4. Melise Baumgarn (MAR) def. Laura Piper 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
1. Maggie Roy/Maddie Schoephoerster (MAR) def. Bailey Blickendorfer/Kaitlyn Larson 6-1, 6-1
2. Brittany Soupir/Annie Samuelson def Claire Ellis/Elizabeth Ogunkanbi 6-1, 6-0
3. Brooke Louwagie/Rachel Landmark MAR) def. Rachael Wallin/Mercedes Saltou 6-0, 6-0
Marshall 5, New Ulm 2
1. Hartmann (MAR) def. Laura Albrecht 2-6, 6-3, 10-5
2. Jennifer Martins (NU) def. Gannott 3-6, 6-4, 11-9
3. Maya Sarkor (NU) def. A. Baumgarn 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 10-7
4. Crista Schultze (MAR) def. Miriam Jakel 6-3, 6-4
1. Maggie/Maddie (MAR) def. Hannah Jakel/Marissa Johnson 6-3, 6-3
2. Soupir/Samuelson (MAR) def. Gracelyn Sarkar/Emma Vranich 6-4, 6-0
3. Louwagie/Landmark (MAR) def. Sicily Trullinger/Mattea Seivert 6-0, 6-0