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Girls tennis: Irish riding high heading into team playoffs

When the seeding was announced this week for the girls tennis team section tournament, Rosemount girls tennis coach Dana Beck had high hopes.

Beck expected the Irish to earn a first-round home match. She was hoping for a top three seeding in the Class 2A, Section 3 team tournament.

The seeding meeting was held Thursday. Results were unavailable at press time.

But Rosemount certainly did its part to earn the home matches and high seed.

The Irish had one meet remaining in the regular season, against Bloomington Kennedy. With a win against the Eagles, Rosemount would finish its season with 12 straight wins.

A win would make the Irish 20-2 overall this season and 9-2 in the Lake Conference.

"Best ever going into the sectionals," Beck said of the team's record. "We are very excited for the postseason."

Rosemount continued its winning ways during the past week with a 6-1 win against Prior Lake, a 5-2 win against Lakeville South, a 7-0 win against South St. Paul, and a 6-1 win against Eastview.

The latest victory was at Eastview.

In one of the most competitive matches for Rosemount this season, the Irish swept the singles play and won two in doubles action.

Four of the individual matches went to a third set, with Rosemount winning three of the four.

Virginia Norder won 6-2, 6-1 at first singles.

At No. 2 singles, Sara Feeser earned a 6-2, 6-3 victory.

Playing third singles, Kirsten Hoffman won her first set, 6-3, lost the second set, 7-6, but came back and for a 6-4 win in the third set

Ally Baker cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles.

Layna Mestad and Kayla Ross lost their opening set at second singles, 4-6. However, they responded to win 6-3, 6-2 in the final two sets.

Shelby Gamache and Hailey Johnson provided the winning points with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win at third doubles.

It was the second time in a week Gamache and Johnson provided the winning points.

Using the same singles lineup, the Irish swept South St. Paul on Monday.

Kayla Brewitz and Makayla Newberry won 6-3, 6-1 at first doubles, and Ross and Savannah Bray won 6-2, 6-0 at second doubles.

Layna Mestad played at fourth singles against Lakeville South, winning her match.

Gamache and Johnson's winning point came thanks to a 6-2, 7-5 win at third doubles.

"I was very happy with our match play this week against competitive teams," Beck said. "It's been an outstanding season and looking forward to sectional competition."