18 April 2014

Boys Tennis: Another small step forward

Jake Spindler (above) and partner Garrett Brown lost at No. 2 doubles
For the second meet in a row the Tigers lost a 6-1 decision to a Missota Conference rival but after Thursday's home court loss to Red Wing veteran coach Jack Olwell had nothing but positive things to say about his team's performance.

"We are closing the gap," he said. "Last year we got spanked pretty good by them and they arrived expecting more of the same...our players caught them off guard.

"A year ago we won 11 total games in the match  This year Jake (Bauer) did that by himself as did Cooper (Erickson) and and Gavin (Renwick) at third doubles."

The Erickson/Renwick duo provided the Farmington point with a 7-6 (5), 3-6, 10-8 win.

"Those two played exceptionally well," Olwell said, " thwarting the attack of the Red Wing team with consistency off the ground and well executed lobs."

Bauer lost 5-7, 6-4, 8-10 but was in the match from beginning to end.

"What a great match this was," Olwell said, "back and forth throughout with Jake controlling much of the play. He came up just short."

Senior Jon Zakoski also turned in a strong effort at fourth singles, losing in three sets 3-6, 6-2, 8-10.

"It was unfortunate for Jon that we didn't play a full third set since he had his opponent on the ropes," Olwell said. "Still it was a great match. Jon always makes it interesting."

Bennett Lagro (No. 1 singles) and Ivan Rodriguez (No. 3 singles) as well as first and second doubles teams Austin Tremmel/Trent Kortenbusch and Garrett Brown/Jake Spindler all lost in straight sets.

Farmington springs back into action Monday with a non-conference home match against Bloomington Kennedy.