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Girls tennis: Padrnos, Fairchild break up sweep

The Farmington girls tennis team had its three-match winning streak come to an end as it dropped a pair of matches last week.

The Tigers managed just one singles win and one doubles win in a 5-2 loss at Burnsville last Tuesday, and then were saved from a sweep thanks to a strong showing at No. 1 doubles in last Thursday's 6-1 Missota Conference setback at Northfield.

"We took it on the chin (against Burnsville) but not because we didn't give them all we had. They just had a little bit more firepower," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "Northfield, as usual, was pretty strong. I thought they were probably the best team we have faced with good depth from top to bottom."

No. 3 singles player Callie Olmscheid improved to 9-0 to start the season with a 6-3, 6-4 decision against Burnsville. She was finally handed a loss Thursday as Northfield swept four singles matches.

The tandem of Beth Fairchild and Jess Novotny scored the team's lone doubles win against Burnsville, pulling away 6-3 and 6-2.

"They continue to amaze with their fine play running down every ball, hitting surgical lobs and controlling the net," Olwell said.

The No. 1 doubles team of Claire Padrnos and Lindsey Fairchild overcame two match points and a 5-3 deficit in the third set to break up the sweep against the Raiders.

"They played nearly flawless tennis when it mattered most," Olwell said.

The Tigers hosted Red Wing for a conference match Tuesday and are back on the road this afternoon at New Prague.