The Pirates earned two big wins Saturday in Crookston against Section 8A opponents, 4-3 over Park Rapids and 6-1 over Roseau. The key wins almost assure Crookston of being seeded in the top three for the upcoming section tournament.
"They were big," Pirate Head Coach Mike Geffre said of the wins. "It keeps us in the top three for sure, as far as seeding. I can't see how you could possibly go lower than that. I see it as Staples, Pequot, Crookston, Park Rapids."
In the big win over Park Rapids, junior Amber Trostad had a huge victory.
"Amber Trostad I thought played very well," Coach Geffre said. "She lost the first set to Park Rapids' Julia Renner 6-0 and came back to win. If we don't get that win we lose. Julia Renner is one of the top eight players in the section. That was a big win for Amber."
The Pirates, now 11-5 on the season in duals, will close out the regular season Tuesday in Grand Forks against Bemidji.
"We made a lot of improvement in the last week or two and we want to keep that going," Coach Geffre said. "Bemidji is a top 15 team in Class AA rankings. We're not going to go in there and think we'll kick their butt. We want to be competitive in the matches and keep our improvement going."
Crookston def. Park Rapids 4-3
1st singles - Christina Smith (PR) def. Kylie Simmons 6-1, 6-1
2nd singles - Amber Trostad def. Julia Renner (PR) 0-6, 6-4, (10-7)
3rd singles - Julia Smith (PR) def. Kennedy Resendiz 6-2, 6-0
4th singles - Ally Tiedemann def. Charity Ridlon (PR) 2-6, 6-2, (10-5)
1st doubles - Lilli Denison & Lizzy Awender def. Sarena Kinkel & Hope Johnson (PR) 6-2, 6-1
2nd doubles - Lindsey Girtz & Heidi Schaum (PR) def. Shelby Lindtwed & Leah Trostad 3-6, 6-4, (10-7)
3rd doubles - Haley Maki & Tori Demarais def. Jeni Simpson & Jill Simpson (PR) 6-2, 6-2
Crookston def. Roseau 6-1
1st singles - Kylie Simmons def. Bethany Tangen (R) 6-0, 6-1
2nd singles - Amber Trostad def. Bailey Janzen (R) 6-2, 6-1
3rd singles - Marrisa Jevne (R) def. Leah Trostad 6-2, 6-2
4th singles - Ally Tiedemann def. Taylor McMillin (R) 6-0, 6-0
1st doubles - Lilli Denison & Lizzy Awender def. Ciscley Nelson & Gracie Olson (R) 6-0, 6-1
Page 2 of 2 - 2nd doubles - Shelby Lindtwed & Kennedy Resendiz def. Sarina Goos & C.J. Hulst (R) 6-1, 6-4
3rd doubles - Haley Maki & Rachel Kanten def. Tori Bazey & Veronica Garcia (R) 2-6, 6-1, (10-6)