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Tennis: Irish fall in finals

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There was no upset of top-seeded Prior Lake in the cards this time around.

After advancing to the state tournament with a 4-3 win over the Lakers in last year's section finals, the Rosemount girls tennis team was handed a 7-0 sweep by the South Suburban Conference champions in last Thursday's showdown at Lifetime Fitness in Lakeville.

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"They definitely were the stronger team, especially indoors," Rosemount coach Dana Beck said. "We were very happy to make it to the finals and I am proud of the girls for their awesome season. They went in to the final match with the never-give-up attitude and played hard until the end."

The Irish advanced to the finals by sweeping all three doubles matches in three sets in a 4-3 win over Eastview last Tuesday.

The three-hour match came down to No. 3 doubles, where Rachel Olson and Gretchen McDonald overcame a 3-4 deficit and a 15-40 score to win the decisive third set, 6-4.

The tandems of Monica McDonald and Abby Kohagen and Emily Harrington and Rachel Hoffmann also won doubles matches for the Irish. Ally Baker broke up Eastview's doubles sweep with a victory at No. 2 singles.

The Irish began the Section 3AA individual tournament Friday and had three entrants advance before being knocked out in the semifinals on Monday. Virginia Norder entered as a No. 2 seed, but won just one match before being upset by a seventh-seeded Prior Lake player in the semifinals.

Baker won two matches before falling to a top-seeded player from Eagan and McDonals and Kohagen advanced with a pair of wins before being knocked out in the doubles quarterfinals.

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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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