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Girls tennis: Irish sweep singles, improve to 14-3

A sweep of four singles matches helped the Rosemount girls tennis team improve to 14-3 with a 6-1 win over Apple Valley Thursday afternoon.

Three of the singles decisions came via straight sets. Virginia Norder cruised 6-2, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Ally Baker won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles and Kirsten Hoffman rolled 6-1, 6-0 at No. 4 singles. Mariah McGivern completed the sweep with a hard-fought 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 triumph at No. 3 singles.

In doubles play, the Irish got wins from the duos of Layna Mestad and Abby Kohagen and Rachel Hoffman and Emily Harrington.

"We played well and had some good matches at No. 3 singles and No. 2 and 3 doubles," Rosemount coach Dana Beck said.

The Irish closed out the regular season Tuesday with a home match against Bloomington Jefferson. The section team tournament begins next Tuesday, Oct. 4.

Prior Lake 4,

Rosemount 3

South Suburban Conference champion Prior Lake used a sweep of the three doubles matches to score a 4-3 victory over the Irish last Tuesday.

Baker and Hoffman each held on to win competitive singles matches. Baker lost the first set 3-6, then rallied with a pair of 6-3, 6-3 wins. Hoffman bounced back after a tough second set to win 6-1, 2-6, 6-0.

Norder added a 6-3, 6-0 decision at No. 1 singles.

"We were very competitive with them in singles and played some great matches," Beck said. "We played well against the team that will take first place in our conference and will be the No. 1 seed in our section."