Tennis: Keeping it closeFarmington’s tennis team didn’t get many chances to show what it could do during the first part of its season. Five of its six losses came by shutout.
By: Matt Steichen, The Farmington Independent
Farmington’s tennis team didn’t get many chances to show what it could do during the first part of its season. Five of its six losses came by shutout.
Last week was a different story. The Tigers once again lost all three of their matches, but coach Jack Olwell’s squad was able to salvage at least one game in each match and play competitive tennis throughout its lineup. After a 6-1 loss at home to Shakopee on Tuesday, the Tigers dropped a 5-2 match at Bloomington Kennedy on Friday and a 6-1 match at home Monday against Simley.
“It was another match where — though it doesn’t sound like it — we had a good chance of breaking through,” Olwell said.
The doubles team of seniors Neuth Orm and Marc Estes accounted for Monday’s lone win. They played what Olwell called “a routine match which they controlled from start to finish” in a 6-3, 6-3 win.
The other two doubles matches were also competitive. Nico Uchytil and Adam Wrucke fell 2-6, 5-7 at No. 1 doubles and Andrew Froehling and Blake Olnscheid dropped a marathon match, 4-6, 6-3, 4-6 at No. 2 doubles.
The closest singles match came in the No. 2 spot, where Ben Cline lost, 3-6, 5-7.
The Tigers claimed one singles match and one doubles match in Friday’s loss in Bloomington.
Uchytil and Wrucke came out on top of a 6-3, 6-2 decision at No. 1 doubles and senior Robby Brown rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win in his singles debut.
Last Tuesday, No. 1 singles player Seth Roberts was in good form in a 6-2, 6-4 win against Shakopee.
Two other singles matches were nearly pushed to a third set. Cline lost 3-6, 5-7 and Andrew Froehling fell, 1-6, 5-7.
In doubles play, Orm and Estes were on the wrong side of a competitive 5-7, 5-7 match.