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Boys tennis: Farmington 'close, but no cigar' vs. New Prague

The Farmington boys tennis team closed out the regular season with a match that reminded veteran coach Jack Olwell of many of his team's matches this season.

The Tigers played well and were competitive, but once again came up just short in a 4-3 Missota Conference loss to New Prague last Thursday at the Boeckman Middle School courts.

"It was a fun and entertaining but heartbreaking match. In many ways it was a microcosm of the season: close, but no cigar," Olwell said. "I have to say how pleased I am with the attitude of this team. They have been competitive in almost every match with essentially the same lineup as last year minus four starters from the 2011 team."

Three of the first five matches to finish went to New Prague, meaning the Tigers would need the remaining three-setters to go their way to win the meet. Ben Cline did his part, rallying for a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles, but the doubles team of Austin Rau and Jon Zakoski were narrowly defeated, 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, giving the Trojans a sweep of the three doubles matches and the team victory.

Ivan Rodriguez and Bennett Lagro each won singles matches. Rodriguez rolled 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3 singles and Lagro held on, 6-1, 7-6(5) at No. 4 singles.