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Tennis: Nail-biter nets Tigers first win

Trent Kortenbusch plays for the Tigers at No. 1 doubles during a recent meet. The Tigers picked up their first win Monday against Prior Lake.

The Farmington boys tennis team had to work for its first win of the season Monday afternoon.

Six of seven matches when a full three sets as the Tigers battled to a 4-3 victory over Prior Lake in cold and windy conditions Monday at Prior Lake High School.

“We won a battle of attrition,” Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. “In 35 years of coaching I have never had a match that had even five three-setters, let alone six. And most of them were close in the third, as well… This was a great effort on the road – well-contested from start to nail-biting finish.”

Only Ivan Rodriguez finished in straight sets. He won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Bennett Lagro rallied from a 2-6 first set to win 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 singles and Jon Zakoski had to rally as well, winning 3-6, 6-4 and 6-0.

“Bennett played an excellent second and third set, forcing his opponent into a number of errors while playing relatively clean tennis,” Owell said. “Jon solved the problem, but waited until midway through the second to do it. He demonstrated again that tennis rewards the smart player, particularly if he is fit.”

The Tigers’ lone doubles victory came at No. 3 where Gavin Renwick and Cooper Erickson held on 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.

“This match was another toss-up, but our shot-making at the end made the difference.”

The Tigers traveled to Northfield Tuesday and are back on the Boeckman Middle School courts this afternoon against Red Wing.