The Farmington boys tennis team had to work for its first win of the season Monday afternoon.
“We won a battle of attrition,” Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. “In 35 years of coaching I have never had a match that had even five three-setters, let alone six. And most of them were close in the third, as well… This was a great effort on the road – well-contested from start to nail-biting finish.”
Only Ivan Rodriguez finished in straight sets. He won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Bennett Lagro rallied from a 2-6 first set to win 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 singles and Jon Zakoski had to rally as well, winning 3-6, 6-4 and 6-0.
“Bennett played an excellent second and third set, forcing his opponent into a number of errors while playing relatively clean tennis,” Owell said. “Jon solved the problem, but waited until midway through the second to do it. He demonstrated again that tennis rewards the smart player, particularly if he is fit.”
The Tigers’ lone doubles victory came at No. 3 where Gavin Renwick and Cooper Erickson held on 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.
“This match was another toss-up, but our shot-making at the end made the difference.”
The Tigers traveled to Northfield Tuesday and are back on the Boeckman Middle School courts this afternoon against Red Wing.