03 September 2013

Girls Tennis: Back in the win column

Callie Olmscheid 8-1 at No. 4 singles (photo by Jim Lindquist)
The Tigers took a three-day break over the holiday weekend but still managed to land on their feet Tuesday when they defeated Bloomington Jefferson 6-1 in Bloomington to run their season record to 6-1.

The win over the Jaguars was a continuation of a match halted last month when rain forced a stoppage of play.

"Not all of the performances were sterling but we still managed to shake some rust off after three days off," coach Jack Olwell said "I am not sure if we had a hangover from the close but disappointing loss to South St. Paul or if the three-day break took something away from us, but I think we will have our heads on straight preparing for Northfield."

Megan Stivers upped her season record to 6-3 with a 6-3, 6-3 victory at first singles and Ryan Jara (6-3) strolled to a 6-0, 6-0 victory at the No.2 spot.

Jessie Novotny won for the sixth time in nine tries this fall, posting a 6-1, 6-3 victory and Callie Olmscheid continued to dominate at fourth singles with a lopsided 6-0, 6-0 win.

"Jessie hit solid shots and was aggressive from the outset," Olwell said, "and Callie is playing very well."

The Fairchild twins, Beth and Lindsey, stayed unbeaten (9-0) with a 6-1, 6-4 straight sets triumph at first doubles and the No. 3 tandem of Sam Gallagher and Hannah Toomey prevailed by a 6-4, 6-1 count.

They were not at their best today," Olwell said of the Farchild sisters, "but even when they are not on their game they are very difficult to overcome."

The second doubles team of Kayla Rees and Molly Rudorfer lost 1-6, 3-6 to a Jefferson duo that Olwell termed "very strong."

"They made few mistakes even when we applied pressure," he said.

Farmington opens it 2103 Missota Conference season Thursday afternoon when its hosts Northfield at the Boeckman Middle School courts.