They did, however, leave the Boeckeman Middle School courts Wednesday afternoon with smiles on their faces after a thrilling 4-3 non-conference win over Bloomington Jefferson.
The three-match winning streak is especially impressive considering the girls managed just two triumphs all of the 2011 season.
"It's been awhile since we've won three meets in a row," coach Jack Olwell said. "It's been very rewarding to see."
The Tigers recorded No. 3 by capturing three of four singles matches and winning at second doubles where Beth Fairchild and Jess Novotny won 6-1, 6-2 in freshman Novotny's varsity debut .
"Jess was out of town the first week," Olwell said. "She and Beth make a good combination. I expect them to get even better as the season progresses."
|Jess Novotny/Beth Fairchild receive high-fives (photo by Jim Lindquist)|
Stivers won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 and drew some praise from her coach.
"Megan's choice of strategies over the last two matches has been excellent," Olwell said. "Tennis rewards good decision makers."
Olwell credited a change of strategy as the difference in Jara's 4-6, 6-4 (10-7) deciding win at No. 2.
"When Ryan elected to try to outlast rather than outhit her opponent the match shifted in her favor," he said, "and more importantly she held her nerve and stayed tough at the critical moments."
Olmscheid ran her season record to a perfect 8-0 with a 6-1 6-4 win at No. 3 in a match that turned from routine into a nail-biter.
"The Jefferson player stiffened and made Callie sweat out the decisive final game," Olwell said.
Molly Rudorfer dropped a 1-6, 3-6 verdict at fourth singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Clare Padrnos and Lindsey Fairchild fell for the first time this season by a 4-6, 3-6 count. The third doubles tandem of Tasha Sinha and Rachel Rees lost 1-6, 1-6.
Farmington will put its thee-match win streak on the line next Tuesday at Burnsville before opening Missota Conference play Thursday at Northfield.