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Girls tennis:Irish take tiebreaker

Rosemount No. 1 singles player Ally Baker stretches for the ball during a long rally at the Rosemount Invitational Saturday. The Irish won the meet via tiebreaker over Shakopee.

Rosemount won a tie-breaker over Shakopee to claim the championship at its own invitational Saturday afternoon.

The Irish were named the winners for having lost the least sets after tying the Sabers with nine match victories apiece. The teams played to a 4-4 tie in their head-to-head meeting and both defeated East Ridge by matching 5-3 scores.

“The Irish played very hard and it was great competition all the way around by all three schools participating,” Rosemount coach Dana Beck said.

The Sabers dominated singles play, winning all four flights. The Irish countered with a pair of undefeated doubles teams, Monica McDonald and Abby Kohagen at No. 1 doubles and Rian Robertson and Kate Henjum at No. 3 doubles.

During the week, the Irish split a pair of South Suburban Conference meets. They were shut out 7-0 Wednesday at Prior Lake, but came back to defeat Apple Valley 4-3 Friday night in Apple Valley.

Doubles play was once again a strength for the Irish, who took two out of three doubles matches against the Eagles. McDonald and Kohagan won 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 doubles and Robertson and Gretchen McDonald teamed up to win by the same score at No. 3 doubles.

In singles play, Emily Harrington held on 6-4, 6-4 and Rachel Hoffmann was victorious, 6-3, 6-2.

On Wednesday, the defending section champion Lakers won all seven matches in straight sets.

The Irish continue their conference slate this afternoon at Eagan.