The Pirate girls' tennis team opened its season Wednesday in Roseau with a 5-2 win over the Rams.
"When you look at it this is always a tough one for us because it is usually Roseau's fourth or fifth match already," noted Pirate head coach Mike Geffre, who said he plans to fix that for next season. "We were nervous and I don't think we played as well as we could play. We were a little bit nervous and that is going to happen the first time out."
Crookston convincingly swept the doubles play with all straight-set victories. It also earned wins at second singles from eighth grader Ally Tiedemann and at fourth singles from sophomore Alyssa Fee, who battled back after losing the first set.
"We had a lot of graduations of kids but we also have a lot of kids coming back," Geffre said. "Our kids put a lot of time into their game. Alyssa Fee put in a lot of time, Tori Demarais has improved a lot and Amy Follette has improved a lot. We have young girls but they are very experienced. You look at our junior high numbers and they are low but we have two that are playing varsity."
The Pirates will host the Pirate Booster Invitational Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.
"We need consistency and we are working on our serves today," coach Geffre said. "We need more pace and better placement. We will get ready for Saturday."
Crookston def. Roseau 5-2
1st singles - Beth Tangen (R) def. Amber Trostad 6-0, 6-4
2nd singles - Ally Tiedemann def. Bailey Janzen (R) 6-2, 6-3
3rd singles - Marrisa Jevne (R) def. Lydia Shafer 6-1, 6-0
4th singles - Alyssa Fee def. Juli Miller (R) 3-6, 7-5, 10-8
1st doubles - Lizzy Awender & Leah Trostad def. Amanda Schmechel & Sarina Goos (R) 6-1, 6-3
2nd doubles - Kennedy Resendiz & Rachel Kanten def. Samantha McFarlane & Peyton Pierce (R) 6-2, 6-0
3rd doubles - Tori Demarais & Amy Follette def. Josee Lundgren & Lauren Johnson (R) 6-1, 6-2
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