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Girls Tennis: Red Wing secures conference win

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Fresh off a 1-2 showing at Waseca on Saturday, the Red Wing girls tennis team rebounded in a big way at home Tuesday, shelling Farmington for a 6-1 Missota Conference victory at Twin Bluff Middle School.

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Throughout Tuesday’s meet, the Wingers’ players had to counteract the Tigers’ lobs by being the aggressor on the court, something Red Wing is more than prepared for.

“In practice, we have a drill where one girl lobs it and the other girl has to drive the ball,” said Wingers’ head coach Matt Kavanagh. “If they keep staying aggressive and take advantage of what they get, it should be fine. If you start playing defensively and play the other team’s game, you’ll lose a very aggravating match.”

Like they have done all year, Red Wing’s doubles stood tall, going 3-0. The Wingers’ No. 1 pairing, Emily Stegora and Nicole Schammel, won a second-set tiebreaker against Lindsay and Beth Fairchild to win the match 6-3, 7-6 (7-2). Katie Carlson and Lauren Brooks, and Serena Feehan and McKenzie Muelken had no trouble securing victories at No. 2 and 3 doubles, respectively.

At No. 3 singles, things looked promising for Claire Carson as she took a 6-2, first-set win over Farmington’s Jess Novatny. But Novatny stormed back in the second set, 6-1, forcing the decisive third set. In the end, Carson regained her first-set form to take the match 6-2, 1-6, 6-2. 

“It was interesting to see her play in a match where she had three one-sided sets,” Kavanagh said. “She’s had a couple three-set losses, so to finally get a win, that’s great for her. It enforces my belief that she fits well into that No. 3 spot.”

Red Wing stays at home Thursday for another Missota matchup, facing Chaska.

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