Third-seeded Owatonna swept No. 6 Farmington 7-0 in hot and windy conditions last Tuesday in the opening round of the Section 1AA team tournament.
“The heat and wind were a terror, but we were able to keep them from frustrating us severely,” Farmington coach Jack Olwell said.
The Farmington boys tennis team closed out a hectic week by finally putting a Missota Conference match in the win column Friday afternoon.
In their fifth match in five days, the Tigers swept four singles matches and closed out a 1-6 season in the league.
The Farmington girls tennis team wrapped up its turn-around season with a pair of closely-contested conference losses last week.
The Tigers fell 4-3 to Holy Angels in their home finale last Tuesday at Boeckman Middle School and lost 5-2 to Shakopee Thursday to finish with a 1-6 record in the Missota.
Tennis players from the Rochester schools and Red Wing combined to take all eight section final spots – four in single and four in doubles – at the Section 1AA individual tournament last week at the Rochester Athletic Club.
Megan Stivers accounted for Farmington’s lone win in last Thursday’s 6-1 loss at Simley.
Stivers, a sophomore, used a strong finish to hold on for a 7-5, 4-6 (7-5) decision at No. 4 singles. The only other match to go to a third set was No. 3 singles, where junior Melanie Kappes lost 3-6, 6-2 (7-1).
The Farmington girls tennis team opened the season last Monday by placing second out of three teams in the Mound Doubles Tournament. The team then lost a 4-3 heartbreaker in a head-to-head match against Faribault Thursday before coming in third out of four teams at its own Farmington Invitational Friday morning at Boeckman Middle School.
The weather is cooler, the days are shorter and the Dakota County Fair has come and gone. Fall is on the way, and that means the start of a new sports season.
At Farmington High School, fall sports teams kicked off practices this week. Check out our gallery of photos from early action.
Jack Olwell knows the scores don’t suggest it, but the Farmington High School tennis coach believes he has a better team right now than he had this time a year ago. There’s only one senior on the team, and Olwell has several talented young players who in some cases are relatively new to the sport. He sees them improving, even if that improvement hasn’t resulted in many wins.
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