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Tennis: Roberts, Cline play tough in first-round tournament losses

Farmington's No. 1 singles player, Seth Roberts, returns the ball during last week's section loss.

Farmington played competitive tennis, but eventually dropped all four of its opening matches in the sub-section 1AA individual tournament last Thursday in Hastings.

No. 1 singles player Seth Roberts played a great first set and picked up a 6-0 victory before dropping the final two sets, 3-6, 4-6.

"Seth played so well in the first set it would have been difficult to maintain that level. I don't even have dreams where I play that well," veteran Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "It was a disappointing end to a promising day for Seth, but very encouraging to see him play at such a high level for a long period of time."

Ben Cline also played well during parts of what ended up being a 2-6, 5-7 setback.

"It was a great effort and some solid tennis by Ben in patches, although he would not report it that way," Olwell said.

In doubles play, Tyler Olson and Topher Kirshmann suffered a 0-6, 1-6 defeat. At No. 2 doubles, Blake Olmsheid and Mitch Bostrom lost 1-6, 1-6.

"Doubles we were up against it since most players who see they will be unable to advance to state in singles play doubles so that draw is always loaded and unpredictable," Olwell said.