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Tennis: Cline provides lone win at South

Sophomore Ben Cline's 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles highlighted Farmington's season-opening 6-1 tennis loss last Friday at Lakeville South.

"(Cline) played his usual brand of relentless tennis, refusing to give his opponent anything easy," said Farmington coach Jack Olwell, who was unable to field a complete varsity lineup. "All things considered I think we had a good showing. We added a couple of new players this week, but not in time to add them to the varsity lineup, so we forfeited at No. 2 and 3 doubles. That may be the last time we have that problem."

The No. 1 doubles team of sophomore Tyler Olson and freshman Topher Kirschmann played well at times, according to Olwell, but inexperience playing together was evident in a 2-6, 1-6 loss.

No. 1 singles player Seth Roberts trailed 4-5 when he lost serve in the first set, and ended up on the losing side of a 4-6, 0-6 match. Chaise Murphy also turned in a competitive match, but came up short in the third set of a 1-6, 6-4, 1-6 loss.

Blake Olmsheid rounded out the singles lineup with a 1-6, 1-6 loss at No. 3 singles.

The Tigers hosted home meets on Monday and Wednesday and will be back in action next Monday when they travel to take on Simley. The team's next home meet is next Thursday against Red Wing.