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Tiger tennis ends 15-year drought vs. Red Wing

A busy week was full of ups and downs for the Farmington girls tennis team.

The Tigers started their hectic slate last Tuesday by defeating Red Wing for the first time since 1997. Second-set rallies in the top three singles matches helped secure a 4-3 victory at Boeckman Middle School.

Megan Stivers won 6-2, 7-6 (2) at No. 1 singles, Ryan Jara held on 6-3, 6-4 at No. 2 and Callie Olmscheid improved to 10-1 with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) triumph at No. 3.

"We ended up coming back from a long ways down at 1, 2 and 3 singles to secure unlikely victories at each flight. Callie was down 0-3 and 4-5 against serve in the second set.... Ryan fell behind 1-4 before sweeping the final five games and Megan saved six set points at 4-5 before running away with the tiebreaker," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. "This is probably the most rewarding win I have been associated with and not just because they are such a tough opponent. The real satisfaction was watching our players fight through all the difficulty and not lose heart when things were going poorly."

Claire Padrnos and Lindsey Fairchild added an important 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 1 doubles.

The Tigers were within striking distance of another Missota Conference win Thursday, but New Prague escaped for a 4-3 decision.

Jara and Olmscheid each claimed their singles matches and Beth Fairchild and Jess Novotny won at No. 2 doubles.

"(Jara) has been making mincemeat out of her opponents on a regular basis and seems to be growing with each match.... (Callie's) matches seem to be very close when you are watching, but the next thing you know she is at the net shaking hands," Olwell said. "At crunch time (Fairchild and Novotny) did the crunching, which was a relief since nearly all the games went to deuce."

The Tigers closed out the week with a 6-1 loss to South St. Paul on Saturday.

"They were strong, but we did not play as well as I have seen us play," Olwell said. "With a couple exceptions, we were kind of flat."

South St. Paul picked up the win on the strength of a sweep of all four singles matches. Padrnos and Fairchild broke up the shutout with a 6-0, 7-5 decision at No. 1 doubles.

The No. 4 doubles team of ShyAnne Spurzem and Liz Adams won its exhibition match, 3-6, 6-1, 10-7.