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Jake Bauer serves at No. 2 singles during a recent match. Bauer won 6-1, 6-4 on Monday.

Tiger tennis team breezes by Kennedy

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Tiger tennis team breezes by Kennedy
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The Farmington tennis team won all seven matches in straight sets while picking up its second win of the season by a 7-0 score Monday against Bloomington Kennedy.


No. 1 singles player Bennett Lagro led the sweep, earning a 6-4, 6-3 win in windy conditions at the Boeckman Middle School courts. Ivan Rodriguez raised his team-best record to 4-2 with a 7-5, 6-0 decision at No. 3 singles and Jake Bauer overcame a second set 3-0 deficit to win 6-1, 6-4 at No. 2 doubles.

Jon Zakoski faced two early set points, but came back for a 7-6 (1), 6-3 victory at No. 4 singles.

The tandems of Trent Kortenbusch and Austin Tremmel, Gavin Renwick and Cooper Erickson and Jake Spindler and Grady Hauswirth all cruised in doubles play.

“The wind was every player’s nemesis today as it was a struggle throughout,” Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. “Most matches were close in the first, but as we became accustomed to the conditions our play settled down.”

Last Thursday the Tigers hosted Red Wing and needed an exciting doubles victory from Renwick and Erickson to avoid the sweep. The No. 3 doubles duo combined for a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 10-5 triumph.

“Those two played exceptionally well, thwarting the attack of the Red Wing team with consistency off the ground and well-executed lobs,” Olwell said.

In singles play, Zakoski and Spindler each lost three-set thrillers.

In last Tuesday’s 6-1 Missota Conference loss at Northfield, the lone Farmington win was supplied by Rodriguez. He fell behind early in the second set, but rallied to win 6-1, 6-4.

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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