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Tennis: Tigers edged by Burnsville, Cottage Grove

Farmington’s Bennett Lagro improved his record to 4-2 with a win Friday in Cottage Grove.

The Farmington boys tennis team inched closer and closer to a victory over the course of three losses in four days last week.

After being blanked 7-0 in a South Suburban Conference meet at Eagan last Tuesday, the Tigers had two close matches go the other way in a 5-2 setback at home last Thursday against Burnsville. The team hit the road Friday to take on Park of Cottage Grove and was edged by the Wolfpack, 4-3.

No. 2 singles player Bennett Lagro improved his record to a team-best 4-2 with a 6-2, 6-2 win against Park. Jake Bauer moved back to 3-3 at No. 1 singles by coming from behind for a 4-6, 6-3, 10-3 decision.

“Jake showed resolve, regrouping after dropping the first set,” Farmington coach Jack Olwell said. “Jake struck on a solid strategy that gave him control of the points and allowed him to close out a well-played match.”

Cooper Ericksen and Grady Hauswirth broke up Park’s run at a doubles sweep by taking their No. 1 doubles match, 6-2, 6-3. The duo also came back for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory against Burnsville and now has a record of 3-3 on the season.

“That was likely the most riveting match of the season. The Tigers kept the pressure on with a strong return game and great closes at net before Cooper served out the nail-biting final game after four deuces,” Olwell said.

Lagro was a 6-1, 6-0 winner against the Blaze at No. 2 singles. Singles players Bauer and Lucas Toutge, as well as the No. 2 doubles team of Garrett Brown and Max Maatta, all lost close matches.

The Tigers (1-5) played at Apple Valley Tuesday and travel to Shakopee this afternoon.