A shorthanded Farmington tennis team bowed out of the team portion of the Section 1AA tournament last Tuesday in Rochester.
With varsity regulars Joe Feely, Micah Hakala and Tony Lovaas taking advanced placement tests, the winless Tigers managed to win just five games in a 7-0 setback to Rochester Century.
The third-seeded Panthers went on to upset No. 2 Red Wing, 5-2, in the second round to advance themselves to a semifinal date with cross-town rival Rochester Mayo, ranked fourth in the state, Tuesday afternoon at Lakeville South. The top two seeds -- No. 1 Hastings and No. 2 Winona -- advanced in the upper portion of the Section 1AA bracket.
For Farmington, the most competitive match came at No. 2 doubles, where Ryan Fruechte and Devan Schluessler lost 1-6, 3-6. Coach Jack Olwell said the tandem had a chance in the second set, but failed to convert several game points.
No. 1 and No. 3 doubles were shut out, as were Nos. 1, 2 and 3 singles. Logan West fought his way to a 1-6, 0-6 setback for the Tigers at No. 4 singles.
"It was fun even though we got mashed by a young but tremendously talented and experienced team," Olwell said.
The Tigers will get another chance to take to the courts Thursday, this time individually, as they compete in the Sub-Section 1AAA Individual Tournament in Red Wing. Lovaas, Feely and Hakala will return to the lineup to compete along side teammates Seth Roberts, Nico Uchytil and Adam Wrucke.