LUVERNE - Sterlin Johnson and Tyler Head combined court skills at No. 2 doubles to help Fairmont avert a shutout at the rackets of Class A, No. 6-ranked Luverne during non-league tennis action Saturday in Luverne.
Sterlin Johnson and Head outlasted Luverne's Ethan Johnson and Zach Gillette in the opening set, 6-4, before the hometown Cardinals' tandem rallied to claim the second segment, 6-2. Sterlin Johnson and Head, however, bounced back to reverse the score in their favor in the third set, 6-2, to capture the team point.
Fairmont's first doubles team of J.T. Viesselman and Andrew Johnson battled Scott Nelson and Blake Ziegler to a three-set decision. Viesselman and Andrew Johnson won the opener, 6-2, before Nelson and Ziegler reeled off set decisions of 6-0 and 6-3 to net the team tally.
Hunter Robinson and Erik Wohnoutka teamed at third doubles to post a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Fairmont's Austin Becker and Carter Klanderud.
The hometown Cardinals swept the singles bracket via straight-set decisions. Joey Vajgrt downed Grant Becker at the No. 1 spot in the lineup, 6-2, 7-5, before Jonny Vajgrt rolled to back-to-back 6-1 set wins over Ryan Busche at the No. 2 position.
Dustin Deutsch shut out Tony Joseph at No. 3 singles, while Andrew Jelken served a 6-3, 6-1 loss to Mitch Anderton at fourth singles.
Fairmont (2-8, 2-2 South Central) travels to Worthington today.
Luverne 6, Fairmont 1
Singles: Joey Vajgrt (L) d. Grant Becker, 6-2, 7-5. Jonny Vajgrt (L) d. Ryan Busche, 6-1, 6-1. Dustin Deutsch (L) d. Tony Joseph, 6-0, 6-0. Andrew Jelken (L) d. Mitch Anderton, 6-3, 6-1.
Doubles: Scott Nelson-Blake Ziegler (L) d. J.T. Viesselman-Andrew Johnson, 2-6, 6-0, 6-3. Sterlin Johnson-Tyler Head (F) d. Ethan Johnson-Zach Gillette, 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Hunter Robinson-Erik Wohnoutka (L) d. Austin Becker-Carter Klanderud, 6-0, 6-1.
Luverne 4, Fairmont 0
Singles: Jacob Jarkow (L) d. Shawn Busche, 6-0, 6-0.
Doubles: Spencer Schacht-Chris Jelken (L) d. Andy Hagen-Jake Kallenbach, 6-2, 6-3. Dalton Wenzel-Jordan Bosch (L) d. Calvin King-Kellen Rodriguez, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, (10-4). Brandon Claussen-Seth Priebe (L) d. Ben Hernes-Connor Madsen, 6-0, 6-1.