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Farmington girls tennis players compete in individual sections

Members of the Farmington girls tennis team competed in individual sections after the team portion of their season had ended. Seniors Brooke Hapuku and Ellie Moser both played in the singles portion, while the teams of seniors Jamie Ellis/Kjerstin Hall, and freshman Ashley Renwick/junior Makayla Bauer played in the doubles tournament.

Singles

Hapuku made it to the Final Four for singles last season and head coach Blake Olmscheid said this year was much of the same. She received the top seed in her bracket and received a first-round bye before starting play.

"After running through her second-round opponent (6-0, 6-0) with ease playing some of her best tennis, she managed to route a strong player (6-2, 6-0) who has played first doubles for a Rochester Mayo team that is on it's way to state, all while managing some nerves and perhaps not her best play," Olmscheid said. "It was an impressive display of what great players always seem to do, find a way to win no matter the quality of the tennis. Brooke found a way to win without playing her best tennis, losing only two games in the process."

Hapuku plays Trncic (who was a state qualifier last year) from Rochester Mayo on Tuesday, Oct. 17, to determine the champion of section 1AA singles subsection A. If she wins, she would go on to play the winner of subsection B, either Rahrick or Anderson of Owatonna. Hapuku lost to Rahrick last season at this stage of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Olmscheid said that Moser, who earned the sixth seed, continued to play well after coming back from injury during the last week of team sections.

"Ellie, on her second week of tennis coming back, kept up her solid play with a fittingly dominant performance (6-1, 6-3) over a girl from Albert Lea in the first round," he said. "What was most impressive about Ellie's win was the emphatic way she went about it. There was never a moment in the match where the point was not on her racquet and the end result was a lot of points that ended with the other girl watching as the ball sped past for a winner. After that she went on to lose to the top singles player from John Marshall (1-6, 0-6), but her first round performance was something to remember and was a more fitting end to her tennis career at Farmington."

Doubles

Renwick/Bauer lost in the first round to a team from Rochester John Marshall 3-6, 6-2, 1-6. Ellis/Hall, who were the no. 6 seed, won their first round match against a team from Austin 6-2, 6-3. They then fell in the second round to a team from Lakeville South 1-6, 2-6.

Alec Hamilton

Alec Hamilton is a sports reporter and general assignment reporter at the Hastings Star Gazette. He is a journalism graduate of Drake University.

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