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Tennis: This time the trophy stays home

When Rosemount girls tennis coach Dana Beck had her team hosting the Irish Invitational in 2001, letting the team trophy head out of town wasn't in the plans.

Not much had changed since 2001. That is, before this season.

For the first time since Beck started it in 2001, the Irish have won their own tournament.

"We are really playing well," Beck said. "Especially staying mentally tough on the court in tie-breakers and focusing and finishing out matches when we need to."

Rosemount won the four-team competition with a total of 19 points. Cannon Falls finished second with 26, followed by Henry Sibley (11) and Richfield.

At No. 2 singles Sara Feeser was 3-0 and won the individual medal in her bracket.

Jill Judy and Katie Huffstutler combined to go 3-0 at fourth singles and medaled.

Michelle Boateng and Kayla Brewitz were undefeated (3-0) at No. 2 doubles to earn a medal.

Meredith Olson and Savannah Bray also went undefeated and received medals.

"The girls have improved tremendously and are demonstrating great shot selection, and patience in singles play, and improved strategy and net play in the doubles players. We are off to a great start this season."

The great start continued with a 6-1 victory against Eagan.

"We really got pumped for the match," Beck said. "We lost 3-4 last year to Eagan and I knew we had the ability to win the match play as long as we could stay mentally tough on the court.

Virginia Norder won 6-2, 5-7, 6-0 at first singles.

Feeser won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 2 singles. Kayla Ross won 6-2, 7-6 at third singles.

The Irish then swept the doubles as Kasey Noll and Makayla Newberry won 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1.

Boateng and Brewitz won 1-6, 6-1, 7-6 at second doubles. Hailey Johnson and Shelby Gamache won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 3 doubles.

Last week, Rosemount lost a tough 6-1 decision at Eden Prairie.