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Tennis team off to best start in years

Longtime Farmington girls tennis coach Jack Olwell thought before last week it had been at least 10 years since his team had won the Mound Doubles Tournament.

After another successful week, Olwell is pushing the comparisons back even further. The Tigers defeated Faribault 7-0 in a non-conference match last Thursday, and then came in third out of four teams in the tightly-contested Farmington Invitational Friday at Boeckman Middle School.

Ninth-ranked (Class A) Cannon Falls won with 19 points, followed by Belle Plaine with 15 points and Farmington with 14.

"This is probably our best start in 15 years," Olwell said. "I thought we played very well as a team and had several chances to overturn Cannon Falls' advantage. We had a very close match at No. 2 singles, losing a second set tiebreaker. At No. 4 singles we were up a break and serving in the second, at second doubles we lost a first set tiebreaker and then the wheels came off. We win those matches and we are holding the trophy, but great teams come away with more decisive points and that is what Cannon Falls did."

Three Tiger players remain undefeated on the season. Callie Olmscheid swept her way to the title at No. 3 singles to improve to 6-0, as did the No. 1 doubles team of Claire Padrnos and Lindsey Fairchild. Ryan Jara went 2-1 in singles play to move to 5-1.

The No. 4 doubles team of Liz Adams and Alyson Kelly also went 2-1 to place second and Beth Fairchild of Megan Stivers both have records of 4-2.

The Tigers hosted Bloomington Jefferson Wednesday and are on the road next week at Burnsville and Northfield.