Boys Tennis: In the win column
It won't be another winless season in the Missota Conference for the Farmington boys tennis team.
The Tigers put an end to a losing streak that dated back to the 2007 season by sweeping doubles play and splitting four singles matches in a 5-2 victory over New Prague last Tuesday night at Farmington high school.
"This was a nice win and it could have gone either way," veteran Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "It looked for awhile as though the streak would continue, but we had some great clutch tennis down the stretch."
Those clutch performances came at No. 2 singles and No. 2 doubles -- two matches where the Tigers came from behind to win in three sets.
At No. 2 singles first-year varsity contributor Ben Cline rallied to earn a 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 decision in what was the team's longest match of the season at three hours.
"(Cline) showed a lot of resolve but just wore the other player out and that didn't seem possible in this high-quality match," Olwell said.
Seniors Nico Uchytil and Adam Wrucke were even closer to suffering a defeat as New Prague served for the win at No. 1 doubles, but they came back to win a tiebreaker and earn a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 victory.
The decision completed a doubles sweep for the Tigers. Seniors Marc Estes and Neuth Orm won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles and Mitch Bostrom and Chaise Murphy pulled away, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 3 doubles.
In singles play, Andrew Froehling joined Cline as a victor after a 6-4, 6-2 triumph at No. 3 singles.
Seth Roberts fell 4-6, 1-6 at No. 1 singles and Tyler Olson lost 0-6, 3-6 at No. 4 singles.
Hutchinson 7, Farmington 0
On Thursday the Tigers made the long trip west and were greeted rudely by Hutchinson in a 7-0 Missota Conference setback.
The only points the Tigers were able to score in singles play came in Froehling's 0-6, 2-6 loss at No. 2 singles.
In doubles play, Uchytil and Wrucke fell 1-6, 1-6 and Estes and Orm lost 0-6, 1-6.
The Tigers have a busy stretch of matches this week starting with a Tuesday home contest against Red Wing. They traveled to Minnehaha Academy Wednesday and will be back at home against Holy Angels this afternoon. After an off day Friday, the Tigers will host Simley, Mound-Westonka and Prior Lake at Saturday's Farmington Invite.