01 September 2011

Girls Tennis: Kennedy holds off Tigers 5-2

Maggie Rudorfer 6-1, 6-2 winner at No. 2 singles

Farmington edged Bloomington Kennedy by a point to finish second in the season-opening Mound Doubles Invitational two weeks ago but the Eagles prevailed 5-2 in the rematch played Wednesday, Aug. 31, at the Boeckman Middle School courts.
"It was a great chance for us to break through," coach Jack Olwell said, "but Kennedy had other plans. For awhile it looked like we were going to get out of there with a 4-3 win but again we fell just short."
The Tiger points came at second and third singles where Maggie Rudorfer played her best tennis of the season in in a 6-1, 6-2 victory and Melanie Kappes cruised to 6-0, 6-3 win.
"Maggie dominated from the baseline and Melanie toughed out a difficult second set," Olwell said.
The No. 1 doubles tandem of Katie Burgess and Ally Midboe rallied from a 1-6 first-set loss to take the second and force a tie-breaker in the third before eventually losing.
Megan Stivers followed a similar trail at fourth singles, rallying from a first set loss to win the second before losing 4-6 in a hard-fought third set.
The Tigers close out a busy three-match week with a road dual meet Thursday, Sept. 1, versus Simley in Inver Grove Heights.

Bloomington Kennedy 5 Farmington 2
No. 1 singles Meghan Lindstrom lost 4-6, 1-6
No. 2 singles Maggie Rudorfer won 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 singles Melanie Kappes won 6-0, 6-3
No. 4 singles Megan Stivers lost 1-6, 6-3, 4-6
No. 1 doubles Katie Burgess/Ally Midboe lost 1-6, 7-5, 6-7 (4)
No. 2 doubles Rachel Molitor/Jessica Autey lost 0-6, 3-6
No. 3 doubles Rachel Rees/Liz Adams lost 2-6, 3-6