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Tennis: Irish see how they measure up

The Rosemount boys tennis team is probably proud to proclaim they have seen the top teams in the Conference.

The results didn't always go the Irish's way during the past two weeks, but they have competed against the best the conference has to offer.

Rosemount has seen how it stacks up. With Apple Valley, Eagan and Eden Prairie in the rear-view mirror, the Irish now have half the season left to refine their play before the section tournament.

Last week, Rosemount beat Lakeville North, 4-3, snapping a three-game losing skid. Two days later, the Irish (3-5, 1-5 Lake) lost 7-0 to Apple Valley. On Monday it was a 6-1 loss to Chaska, making it five losses in six contests.

Rosemount coach Jeanne Ewen has been focused on continued improvement and the Irish have taken more games against their recent opponents than they dod last season.

Against Chaska, Rosemount was swept last season. This time around, the Irish managed to win a match with Sean Hatlen and Matt Stefanko winning 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in three sets at No. 2 doubles.

As a team, the Irish won 64 total games opposed to just 38 last year.

It was much of the same against Apple Valley.

Last season, Rosemount managed to take just six individual games against the Eagles. This year, they won 20 individual games. Stuart Hatlen proved to be the closest to a win, losing a pair of 6-3 sets at third singles.

The Irish swept the singles play against Lakeville North.

Matt Baker won 6-1, 6-1 at No. 1 singles. Jason Warweg earned a 7-5, 6-0 win at second singles.

Hatlen won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3 singles, while Will Holcomb added a 6-0, 6-3 win at fourth singles.

Connor and Brandon Clobes lost a close 4-6, 3-6 match at No. 1 doubles.

The Irish play at Burnsville today and compete in a tournament at Shakopee on Saturday.