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Tennis: Three place at Woodbury

An inexperienced lineup, a challenging early-season schedule and weather that has made it difficult practice or hold meets have all factored into a slow start to the season for the Rosemount boys tennis team.

The Irish fell to 0-4 in the South Suburban Conference and 0-5 overall with a 6-1 loss to Eagan Thursday afternoon. It was the third in a stretch of three matches in three days that also included a 7-0 shutout at the hands of Burnsville Tuesday at Life Time Fitness and a 5-2 setback Wednesday at Hastings.

"It has been a rough go for the Irish, playing some of the top teams in our conference to start. We hope to finish .500 in the conference," Rosemount coach Dana Beck said. "Starting out 0-4 has made it a tough go to start the season but it has been hard to develop consistency when playing on a variety of surfaces (inside on various surfaces and outside) and in many different weather conditions. This season has been a true test of environment."

The Irish found some success Saturday at the Woodbury/East Ridge tournament. The No. 1 doubles team of Grayson Freking and Taji Onesirosan placed second and singles player Sairam Sunkam and the No. 4 doubles team of Alex Clausen and Shane Robertson each earned third place.

Beck hopes the team can carry that success over into SSC matches this week against Eastview and Lakeville North.

"I think the team can finish strong and meet our goal if we can win a few more key points. With more on court time, I can already see steady improvements and more consistent play occurring in matches," she said. "We have five conference matches remaining and all of them have the potential to be W's for the Irish."