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Farmington tennis wins most matches since ‘99

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Monday’s rain-out against Minnehaha Academy may have cost the Farmington tennis team the chance to party like it was 1999.

The postponement put an abrupt end to a regular season where the Tigers posted a record of 8-6. The last time the Farmington program won that many matches in a season was 1999 when the Tigers finished 9-6.

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“Our improvement during the season has defied logic,” veteran Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. “You just don’t see teams make these sorts of strides in the course of five or six weeks.”

Win No. 8 came last Wednesday when the Tigers swept all four singles matches in a 5-2 Missota Conference win over Chaska. Bennett Lagro, Jake Bauer, Ivan Rodriguez and Jon Zakoski all won their singles matches in straight sets. Rodriguez has the best singles record on the team at 10-4.

The doubles team of Cooper Erickson and Gavin Renwick added a 6-1, 6-3 decision. Erickson has a 10-4 record in doubles play this season, while Renwick is 10-3.

“I thought we played well, taking charge all the way through,” Olwell said.

The Tigers also swept singles play a day earlier in a 6-1 victory over Holy Angels at the windy Boeckman Middle School courts.

Lagro, Bauer, Rodriguez and Zakoski once again won in straight sets. Erickson and Renwick cruised at No. 2 doubles and the tandem of Jake Spindler and Garrett Brown held on 6-1, 5-7, 6-4 at No. 3 doubles.

“The main opponent for both was the wind — a nasty cross wind that could take a center of the court lob and carry it out of play,” Olwell said.

The Tigers closed out last week with a 7-0 loss to a talented Shakopee team.

“We competed well against a superior team that was loaded from top to bottom. We went after them the best we could pushing them and the top two doubles spots,” Olwell said. “I guess it is no surprise they are ranked in the top seven in the state.”

The Tigers begin play in the section team tournament this week.

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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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