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Boys tennis: Farmington's Cline cruises vs. Chanhassen

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Boys tennis: Farmington's Cline cruises vs. Chanhassen
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The Farmington boys tennis team opened its Missota Conference schedule with a pair of 6-1 defeats.

The Tigers first fell last Tuesday on the road against a Red Wing team that figures to challenge for the league title. Back at Boeckman Middle School Monday, visiting Chanhassen overcame early deficits in six of seven matches to secure the win.


"Things still looked promising after the first set where we won four of the seven first sets. We ended up playing a third set at five of the seven flights and lost all five. The odds are you will get half of them but obviously that did not happen," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "What I am very pleased about is we never gave up."

Ben Cline earned Farmington's lone win at No. 2 singles, cruising 6-3 and 6-1.

"(Cline) showed a lot of offense even tossing in a number of aces," Olwell said. "Although Ben is rarely satisfied, this was a convincing win."

Blake Olmscheid lost 2-6, 1-6 at No. 1 singles and Ivan Rodriguez and Bennett Lagro both went three sets in their singles losses.

All three doubles matches went to a third set, including the No. 1 doubles match where Tyler Olson and Jeff Zakoski lost 6-4, 2-6, 6-7 (10-12) after saving six match points.

The Tigers' doubles teams were swept in more convincing fashion last Tuesday, scoring just four points against Red Wing.

The team's lone win came from Lagro, who rallied for a 6-7 (3), 6-4, 10-7 decision at No. 4 singles. Red Wing won the other three singles matches while surrendering a combined five points.

The Tigers hosted Shakopee and Bloomington Kennedy earlier this week and continue their four-match homestand Monday when they take on Minnehaha Academy.

Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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