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Tennis: Tigers move to 4-0

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The Farmington girls tennis team ran its dual record to 4-0 while winning its own Farmington Invitational for the first time in over a decade Friday morning at the Boeckman Middle School courts.

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The Tigers finished tied with Cannon Falls in the team race with 14 points apiece, but won the tiebreaker thanks to their 4-3 head-to-head win over the Bombers. Farmington also topped third-place Belle Plaine 4-3 and fourth-place New Life Academy 6-1.

"This was easily the most tightly-contested tournament we have hosted in memory with many matches going to the third set tiebreaker," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "As rewarding as it was to win the tournament, it was a bigger thrill to win all three head-to-head matches, raising our record to 4-0 on the year."

Farmington won championships at three flights. Beth and Lindsey Fairchild ran their record to a perfect 6-0 with a 3-0 showing at No. 1 doubles, Callie Olmscheid went 3-0 at No. 4 singles and Megan Stivers was 2-1 at No. 1 singles.

Ryan Jara and Jessie Novotny also went 2-1 on the day to earn runner-up honors at No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively.

The doubles teams of Molly Rudorfer and Kayla Rees, Sam Gallagher and Hannah Toomey and Alyson Kelly and Becky Genzler each won one match.

The Tigers opened the season by coming up just short of defending their title at the Mounds Doubles tournament last Monday. They opened dual play last Thursday with a 7-0 rout of Faribault and were leading Bloomington Jefferson before being postponed due to rain.

The team hosts its fourth straight match this afternoon against Bloomington Kennedy before heading back to Bloomington to resume its rain-shortened match on Tuesday.

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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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