Pirates go on the road to face Moorhead today and East Grand Forks, again, Thursday.
The Pirate boys' tennis team lost to Thief River Falls 5-2 Monday and beat East Grand Forks 4-3 in Thief River Falls.
Senior Sean Williams, senior Travis Vatthauer, junior Kal Salentiny and freshman Jacob Roesch each won two doubles matches for Crookston on the day.
"Thief was an interesting match," Pirate head coach Mike Geffre said. "We won two and we lost three close ones. If we switch a couple of those around maybe we beat them. We want to keep making progress, though. Hopefully at tourney time it will be a really close race."
Geffre knew the match against the Green Wave would be close.
"It was close like I thought it would be," he said. "East Side is tough at one and two singles spots. Fourth singles they got a default win and third doubles was close. We won three that were in our favor and they won three in their favor and that fourth doubles match was a close one. I thought Bobby Tiedemann played well against Misialek. Zach Straw is the best two singles kid in the section."
The Prowlers, the nine-time defending section champion, aren't as dominant as in years past.
"Last year we were close with them," Geffre said. "This year a little more so; they lost some talented kids from last year. One singles, they are very tough. Outside that they are a little more vulnerable than in years past. Look at matchups, I don't know if anyone else in the section can beat them. East Grand Forks is not deep enough to get them at any other spot. When it comes to section opponents, I think we are the last one they want to face."
The Pirates travel to Moorhead today for a dual at 4:30 p.m. On Thursday they will travel to East Grand Forks for another 4:30 p.m. dual.
Crookston def. East Grand Forks 4-3
1st singles - Ty Misialek def. Bobby Tiedemann 6-3, 7-5
2nd singles - Zach Straw def. Andy Gregg 6-1, 6-1
3rd singles - Matt Garmen def. Tyler Wiertzema 6-2, 6-2
4th singles - Ben Campos def. Adam Erickson 6-4, 2-1 def
1st doubles - Travis Vatthauer & Sean Williams def. Jacob Cote & Brandon Johnson 6-0, 6-3
2nd doubles - Ethan Mercil & Cody Genereux def. Hunter Zeman & A.J. Albaaj 6-2, 6-1
3rd doubles - Jacob Roesch & Kal Salentiny def. Dane Rhen & John Gander 6-4, 1-6, 6-1
Thief River Falls def. Crookston 5-2
1st singles - Logan Engelstad def. Bobby Tiedemann 6-0, 6-0
2nd singles - David Szeto def. Andy Gregg 6-7 (7-5), 6-1, 6-0
3rd singles - Hunter Blowers def. Matt Garmen 6-3, 7-5
4th singles - Ethan Johnson def. Adam Erickson 6-0, 6-0
1st doubles - Sam Olson & Jordie Hutton (TRF) def. Ethan Mercil & Cody Genereux 7-5, 7-6 (7-1)
2nd doubles - Sean Williams & Kal Salentiny def. Brady Nessen & Cullen Horien (TRF) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-2
3rd doubles - Jacob Roesch & Travis Vatthauer def. Isaac Olson & Devin Hutton (TRF) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
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