05 September 2012

Girls Tennis: Blaze snap Tiger win streak

Beth Fairchild (above) and Jess Novotny won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 doubles
Farmington (3-1) put up a good fight but came out on the short end of a 5-2 decision Tuesday afternoon in Burnsville.

The talented Blaze captured three of four singles matches and won two of three in doubles to record the non-conference victory and snap the Tigers three-match win string.

"We played a great match against our toughest opponent to date," coach Jack Olwell said. " We had some great chances up and down the line-up with only one lopsided score. Our improvement as a team and as individual players was evident."

The Farmington singles win came at the No. 3 slot where Callie Olmscheid upped her season record to a perfect 9-0 with a 6-3, 6-4 verdict.

Jess Novotny and Beth Fairchild provided the other Tiger point with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph at second doubles.

"They continue to amaze with their fine play," Olwell said,  "running down every ball, hitting surgical lobs, and controlling the net."

The No. 1 doubles team of Claire Padrnos and Lindsey Fairchild took their opponents to three sets in a 4-6, 6-4, 1-6 loss.

Megan Stivers also played well at the top singles position, losing 7-5, 3-6 (5-10).

The Tigers will look to get back on the winning track Thursday when they open their Missota Conference season with a dual meet at Northfield.