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Tennis: South sweeps FHS doubles in opener

Lakeville South provided a tough test for the Farmington tennis team in its first match of the season Monday afternoon.

The Cougars swept doubles play while earning a 6-1 dual win at the Boeckman Middle School courts.

“I knew they were a strong team, but they have good depth and a very strong singles lineup as we found out the hard way,” Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. “Still, there were some encouraging things about our 1-6 result. We had a close call at No. 1 doubles and won a nail-biter at No. 2 singles. It didn’t help that we were missing our No. 4 singles player and a second and third doubles player. Still, they were more than we could handle.”

That nail-biter went to Jake Bauer, who came back to grab a 6-1, 6-7 (9), 10-6 decision and break up the shutout.

“A super tiebreaker was played instead of a full third set or we might still be there today since their points were well-developed and long,” Olwell said.

The rest of the singles lineup didn’t fare as well. Returning team MVP Bennett Lagro fell 2-6, 0-6 at No. 1 singles, Ivan Rodriguez was blanked 0-6, 0-6 at No. 3 and Cooper Erickson was dealt a 0-6, 1-6 loss at No. 4.

The closest doubles match came at No. 1 where returning players Austin Tremmel and Trent Kortenbusch battled in a 2-6, 6-7 (4) setback.

“They rebounded from a first set loss to seesaw back and forth into the tiebreaker,” Olwell said. “They made some smart adjustments and executed them well in the second.”

Jake Spindler and Garrett Brown improved during a 1-6, 3-6 loss at No. 2 doubles and Tony Rattana and Lucas Toutge were swept 0-6, 0-6 in their first game together.

The Tigers are back on the Boeckman courts tomorrow afternoon against Park of Cottage Grove. Matches begin at 4:15.