Tennis: Irish fall just short against section's top seed
It took the best team in the section to put an end to the Rosemount tennis team's post-season run.
The Irish, after knocking off South St. Paul and Burnsville in the first two rounds last week, fell 4-3 to top-seeded Bloomington Jefferson Monday afternoon in Eagan.
The Jaguars took control of the match in singles play where they won three of four matches. Andreas Dinkelmeyer picked up the lone singles win for the Irish at No. 1 singles.
The No. 2 doubles team of Grayson Freking and Taji Onesirosan and the No. 3 duo of Matt Simmering and Anshul Bharath were also victorious.
"The team was fired up and we played an amazing match," Rosemount coach Dana Beck said. "I am very proud of the team and their accomplishments."
The Irish will wrap up their season with the section individual tournament beginning tomorrow at Lifetime Fitness in Lakeville. Dinkelmeyer and Will Holcomb will represent Rosemount in the individual bracket and Connor McGahn and Stu Hatlen and Sean Hatlen and Jordan Randall will play in the doubles tournament.
The fourth-seeded Irish opened the section team tourney with a 7-0 sweep of South St. Paul last Tuesday in Rosemount.
South St. Paul won just one set, at No. 4 singles, but Randall was still able to secure a 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 victory. Dinkelmeyer, Holcomb and Sean Hatlen breezed through the other three singles matches.
The Irish won all three doubles matches in straight sets.
The Irish advanced to the section semifinals by knocking off conference rival Burnsville 4-3 last Thursday.
Quick wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles gave Rosemount an early lead, but the fifth-seeded Blaze won three of the next four to square the match at 3-3 with just the No. 1 singles match still being contested. Dinkelmeyer lost the first set 4-6, but rallied to win 6-3, 6-2 and give the home team the match.