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Boys tennis: Irish move indoors

Only the availability of the indoor tennis courts at Apple Valley Sports Arena kept Mother Nature from wiping out the entirety of last week's spring sports schedules in Rosemount and Farmington.

The Irish tennis team swapped home dates with the Eagles and ended up losing 5-2 in its South Suburban Conference season opener last Thursday.

"It was great to have the Apple Valley indoor arena to use for the match, just to get out and play. We have a lot to work on and it is frustrating not being able to get out there and play and use this time to improve, but we just have to remember everyone is in the same boat," Rosemount coach Dana Beck said. "I think my players were just excited to get a match and get to officially start our conference season. We are hoping the snow melts and we don't have to shovel the courts for the second time this season."

The Irish fielded a new-look varsity lineup after graduating seven seniors from last year's team. They found some success in the singles matches, where they split four contests with the Eagles.

Eighth grader Anshul Bharath rallied for a 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles and Sairam Sunkam overcame a slow start to win 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. Matt Simmering lost a close contest at No. 2 singles and Sean Hatlen fell at No. 3 singles.

"Considering we have had limited time on the courts this season, I thought we played well, especially in the singles matches," Beck said.

Apple Valley swept doubles play in convincing fashion. Taji Onesirosan and Grayson Freking lost 0-6, 4-6 at No. 1 doubles and the Irish combined for just three points in the other two matches.

Weather permitting, the Irish will compete again tomorrow afternoon at Hastings.