Tigers swept away, 7-0As the final tennis balls were being served Thursday night against Holy Angels, Farmington was looking at being swept 7-0 for the third time in three days.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
As the final tennis balls were being served Thursday night against Holy Angels, Farmington was looking at being swept 7-0 for the third time in three days.
The Stars’ sweep capped off a week where the Tigers also dropped a 7-0 conference home match to Red Wing and traveled to Minnehaha Academy for a 7-0 setback.
The road trip provided the team’s closest matches of the week. The No. 1 doubles team of seniors Nico Uchytil and Adam Wrucke fought to the end in a 5-7, 4-6 setback and the No. 2 doubles team of Marc Estes and Neuth Orm came even closer to scoring a victory, winning the Tigers’ lone set of the week. The senior duo won 6-4 before falling 4-6 and 10-12 in a three-set thriller.
“They got to the altar but couldn’t say, ‘I do.’ After winning the first set the other team regrouped and squeaked out the second set,” Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. “We fell behind 5-9 and saved them all and went up match point only to lose three straight and the match. Quite an emotional roller coaster.”
Against Red Wing, Farmington’s closest match came at No. 1 singles, where Seth Roberts lost, 2-6, 2-6. The rest of the singles matches were shutouts, but all three doubles teams managed to get at least one point on the board.
Roberts sat out the Holy Angels match with the flu and Ben Cline stepped up in his absence, playing well against one of the Missota’s top players in a 3-6, 0-6 loss. The rest of the singles lineup failed to score a point.
The Tigers hit the road again Wednesday afternoon to take on Park Cottage Grove in a non-conference match. They play again tomorrow at Bloomington Kennedy and resume conference play next Tuesday at Northfield.