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Girls tennis: Team makes history with win over Eagan

The girls tennis team has had some big early wins.

The Rosemount girls tennis team had never beaten Eagan during the conference season since Dana Beck began coaching in 2001.

At least, not before last Thursday afternoon. The Irish used a sweep of the three doubles matches to score a 4-3 win over the Wildcats and improve to 3-0 in the South Suburban Conference.

"We were very excited as we made history with this match," Beck said. "Eagan is always a rival of ours and the girls were very geared up to win the match."

No. 1 and 2 doubles were both won in exciting fashion. Monica McDonald and Abby Kohagen held on for a 7-5, 7-6 (9-7) win at No. 1 doubles and Rachel Olson and Gretchen McDonald had to rally to win 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

Kierstin Johnson and Kourtney Johnson added a 6-1, 6-3 decision at No. 3 doubles.

Ally Baker broke up Eagan's run in singles play by rolling 6-2, 6-0 at No. 2 singles.

A day earlier, the Irish lost a few close matches while falling to fifth-ranked (Class 2A) Wayzata, 7-0.

Baker, Virginia Norder and Rachel Harrington all kept their singles matches close and the doubles tandem of Monica McDonald and Kohagen fell, 5-7, 5-7.

"Even though we lost, this was a great opportunity for the girls to see a highly competitive team ranked in the polls. I think that for the most part, we were competitive with the Wayzata team but just lacked the experience and match toughness needed to win key points," Beck said. "The good news is that we have learned what we need to work on and have the rest of the season to improve our skills, toughness and strategy on the court."

The team is back in action this week with another conference meet against Eastview before hosting Chanhassen, Shakopee and Cannon Falls for the Irish Invitational Saturday.