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Girls tennis: Padrnos, Fairchild break up sweep

The Farmington girls tennis team had its three-match winning streak come to an end as it dropped a pair of matches last week.

The Tigers managed just one singles win and one doubles win in a 5-2 loss at Burnsville last Tuesday, and then were saved from a sweep thanks to a strong showing at No. 1 doubles in last Thursday's 6-1 Missota Conference setback at Northfield.

"We took it on the chin (against Burnsville) but not because we didn't give them all we had. They just had a little bit more firepower," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "Northfield, as usual, was pretty strong. I thought they were probably the best team we have faced with good depth from top to bottom."

No. 3 singles player Callie Olmscheid improved to 9-0 to start the season with a 6-3, 6-4 decision against Burnsville. She was finally handed a loss Thursday as Northfield swept four singles matches.

The tandem of Beth Fairchild and Jess Novotny scored the team's lone doubles win against Burnsville, pulling away 6-3 and 6-2.

"They continue to amaze with their fine play running down every ball, hitting surgical lobs and controlling the net," Olwell said.

The No. 1 doubles team of Claire Padrnos and Lindsey Fairchild overcame two match points and a 5-3 deficit in the third set to break up the sweep against the Raiders.

"They played nearly flawless tennis when it mattered most," Olwell said.

The Tigers hosted Red Wing for a conference match Tuesday and are back on the road this afternoon at New Prague.

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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