Pirate Head Coach Mike Geffre predicted after his squad's quarterfinal win that the rest of the matches in the Section 8A Team Tournament would be 4-3.
He was dead on, but unfortunately Coach Geffre's Pirates were on the short end as Staples-Motley beat Crookston 4-3 Friday at Choice Health & Fitness in Grand Forks.
"I'm proud of the whole team," said Pirate Head Coach Mike Geffre. "It was a great season. This team, more than any team than I've ever had, made the most progress. They really come a long way. They played with a lot of confidence and it was really a fun season to coach.
"We had five kids playing with maybe one or two varsity matches between them," noted Geffre.
The Pirates defeated Pequot Lakes 4-3 in the morning semifinal match, while Staples-Motley beat Park Rapids.
"Pequot Lakes was one of those matches we lost 4-3 in the second dual of year," noted Coach Geffre. "We knew it would be a good match. With the team effort doesn't matter who wins or loses matches. That was a pressure match at three doubles. Lilli Denison had a great day. Playing singles out there, she competed and played well."
In the championship match against Staples-Motley, the top seeded team in the section, the Pirates held a 3-2 lead in matches with two matches remaining. Third singles with Crookston junior Amber Trostad and Staples-Motley's Emily Israelson were split at a set a piece. Trostad battled to the end but couldn't pull out the victory.
Then, all eyes turned to the first singles match, which was the last match out. Pirate senior Kylie Simmons battled Staples-Motley's Mikayla Wing for two sets but also came up short and the Staples-Motley Cardinals were awarded the first place plaque.
"We knew Staples would be tight one," Geffre said. "I think it hurt us having to play the later morning match against Pequot Lakes. We had 15 minutes in between the matches. They don't allow food in the facility so we were operating on breakfast. Amber Trostad was up 3-1 in the third just got tired. She was just exhausted. So I didn't like that part of it. It was hard on our kids.
"I thought we played pretty well," continued Geffre. "Lilli played really well in her match. Second doubles came back to win. Lizzy had a big win. We were right there with the defending section champs and the number four team in state. I thought we did a pretty good job."