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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Girls' tennis: Pirates take 4 first places, run away with NW Quad

  • The Pirates finished with 18 points, while Thief River Falls came in with ten, East Grand Forks with nine and Moorhead with five.
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  • Crookston hosted and ran away with the Northwest Quadrangular Tuesday with four first places and three runners-up.
     
    The Pirates finished with 18 points, while Thief River Falls came in with ten, East Grand Forks with nine and Moorhead with five.
     
    "I was surprised a little bit," Pirate Head Coach Mike Geffre said of his team winning by so much. "I thought we played pretty well. We had some wins at spots where we hadn't gotten wins before. Lilli Denison over Chessa Jones of East Grand Forks and Ally Tiedemann beat a girl that had beaten her twice. So those were good turnarounds."
     
    Senior Lilli Denison (second singles), junior Amber Trostad (third singles), seventh grader Ally Tiedemann (fourth singles) and the second doubles team of senior Shelby Lindtwed and junior Kennedy Resendiz each won all three of their matches.
     
    Senior Kylie Simmons finished runner-up at first singles. At first doubles, junior Lizzy Awender and freshman Leah Trostad placed second, as did the third doubles trio of senior Haley Maki, junior Rachel Kanten and freshman Tori Demarais.
     
    "Of the 21 matches we won 18 of them," Coach Geffre noted. "We're playing pretty good right now. We have some big matches ahead of us with Roseau and Park Rapids on Saturday and then Bemidji in the new tennis center. Brian (Follette) and I spend a lot of time talking scenarios and situations. What does Saturday mean? The section seeds are up in the air. It could come down to a coaches’ vote or whatever because you really can't figure it out. How much do you show Park on Saturday? It's a weird thing. If we beat them we could be seeded one, two or three. If we lose we probably go to four. Roseau is a big match too because if they beat you, you fall to five.
     
    "Either way, though, you have to play two of the best teams to make it," Geffre continued. "It will be an interesting section tournament. We just want to keep improving and try to be at our best at sections."
     
    The Pirates will host Park Rapids and Roseau on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., respectively.
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