23 August 2013

Girls Tennis: Unbeaten Tigers make it 4 in a row

Callie Olmscheid 3-0 at fourth singles (photo by J. Lindquist)
Farmington won most of the close matches and outscored all three of its opponents to run its early season record to an impressive 4-0 while claiming the Farmignton Invitational title Friday at the Boeckman Middle School courts.

For the day the Tigers totaled 15 points, one more than runner-up Cannon Falls. Belle Plaine ranked third with eight points and New Life Academy finished with six.

"This was easily the most tightly contested tournament we have hosted in recent memory," Farmington coach Jack Olwell said, "with many matches going to a third set tie-breaker.

"As rewarding as it was to win the tournament, it was a bigger thrill to win all three head-to-head matches to raise our record to 4-0."

Farmington had not won its annual invitational tourney in more than a decade.

The championship wasn't secured until the final match of the day when Megan Stivers won a third set tie-breaker against Cannon Falls at first singles to seal the deal.

The Tigers finished the meet with a trio of individual flight champions. Beth and Lindsey Fairchild remained unbeaten for the year at first doubles and Callie Olmscheid finished a perfect 3-0 at fourth singles. Stivers won the No. 1 singles competition with a 2-1 mark.

Ryan Jara and Jessie Novotny ranked second at second and third singles respectively with 2-1 records.

The second doubles tandem of Kayla Rees/Molly Rudorfer and the third duo of Sam Gallagher/Hannah Toomey each went 1-2.

The Tigers continue their busy early season schedule Monday with a non-conference home meet with South St. Paul.