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Girls tennis: Rosemount advances to semifinals

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Rosemount swept doubles play in both of its matches while advancing through the first two rounds of the Section 3AA team tournament last week.

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Irish head coach Dana Beck figured it would take another solid doubles effort if the third-seeded Irish were to advance past second-seeded Eagan in Tuesday's section semifinals at Lifetime Fitness in Lakeville. The Wildcats defeated Rosemount 6-1 in their early-season South Suburban Conference match.

"I believe we can give them a good fight in the semis.... That (6-1 loss) was early on in the season and we have improved tremendously and have a different lineup," Beck said. "I am confident if we play well and the doubles play aggressively, we can bring home a victory."

The winner of Tuesday's match will likely face top-seeded Prior Lake in the section finals this afternoon back at Lifetime Fitness in Lakeville.

Rosemount opened section play last Tuesday with a 7-0 sweep of Park in Rosemount. The Wolfpack managed to win just two games in singles play as Virginia Norder and Mariah McGivern each won, 6-0, 6-0. Ally Baker claimed her No. 2 singles match 6-1, 6-0 and Kirsten Hoffman breezed at No. 4 singles, 6-0, 6-1.

In doubles play, Layna Mestad and Abby Kohagen combined on a 6-0, 6-0 sweep. Megan and Emily Harrington teamed up for a 6-4, 7-5 win and Team Rachel (Hoffman and Olsen) held on 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3 doubles.

The Irish advanced to the semifinals with a 6-1 triumph over sixth-seeded Apple Valley in Thursday's quarterfinals.

The lone blemish came at No. 3 singles were McGivern fell, 6-7 (6-8), 7-5, 10-12.

Norder won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 1 singles and Baker and Hoffman also scored easy victories.

The Irish came out on top in three competitive doubles matches. Mestad and Kohagen held on 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) at No. 1 doubles, the Harringtons won 6-3, 6-4, and Team Rachel won 6-4, 6-2.

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Matt Steichen
Matt Steichen has been the sports editor at the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa. He has previously been a sports writer at the Sioux City Journal and Le Mars Daily Sentinel and the sports editor at the Austin Daily Herald.
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