12 April 2014

Boys Tennis: Oh so close

Ivan Rodriguez won 6-0, 6-0 at third singles
Last year Park of Cottage Grove dominated the Tigers 6-1. In Friday's rematch at the Boeckman Middle School courts the final outcome was the same but this time by a much closer 4-3 margin.

"Even though I am disappointed by what could not have been a closer loss, I am very happy with our improvements and overall level of play," coach Jack Olwell said. "There is still some work to be done, but we gave ourselves a chance to get on the victory stand."

Two of the Farmington points came at third and fourth singles where Ivan Rodriguez and Jon Zakoski posted victories. Rodriguez pitched a 6-0, 6-0 shutout while Zakoski pulled out a come-from-behind 1-6, 6-2, 7-6 (4) thriller of a win.

"Ivan was dominant throughout," Olwell said. "Jon dug a deep hole but landed an effective strategy in the second that allowed him to level the match and then take a 4-1 lead in the third set."

The other Tiger win came at second doubles where the tandem of  Jake Spindler and Garret Brown rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 triumph.

"They totally controlled play from the net, smothering their opponent's attempts to get into the match," Olwell said.

Olwell said he was also pleased with the play of Jake Bauer at No. 2 singles who fell in three sets, 6-4, 5-7 (5-10).

"I thought Jake controlled much of the play and was on the attack throughout the match," he said.  "His opponent unfortunately made a series of incredible saves on what looked like sure winners."

Farmington (0-2) will be looking for its first win Monday when it travels to Prior Lake for a non-conference match. The Tigers open Missota Conference play Tuesday at Northfield.