The Pirate girls' tennis team was edged 4-3 by Staples-Motley Friday in the semifinals of the Section 8A Tournament at Choice Health & Fitness in Grand Forks, N.D. The Cardinals then went on to beat Park Rapids 4-3 for the championship and also qualified a singles player and doubles team for the State Class A Tournaments.
Friday's semifinals match between No. 4 seeded Crookston and No. 1 Staples-Motley, which is ranked No. 5 in Class A, was knotted at 3-3 with the first singles match left on the court. Cardinal Mikayla Wing, ranked No. 7 in Class A in individuals, beat Pirate senior Amber Trostad for the win.
Wing also went on to take the singles championship, while the Cardinal doubles team of Kelsey Zetah and Nikki Edin finished runner-up in the doubles tournament to also qualify for state.
Park Rapids, which was ranked No. 9 as a team, was nipped by Staples-Motley but the Panther doubles team of Christina Smith and Julia Renner won the championship, while Julia Smith placed second to qualify in singles.
Crookston struggled in the individual tournaments, with no one advancing out of the quarterfinals. Sophomore Leah Trostad and senior Lizzy Awender lost in the quarterfinals to the eventual doubles champions, Zetah and Edin. Senior Amber Trostad and eighth grader Ally Tiedemann lost in three sets to the eventual third-place finishers, Bailey Janzen and Marrisa Jevne of Roseau.
The Pirates' season finishes with a record of 11-7 in duals. Seniors on the roster include: Trostad, Awender, Kennedy Resendiz, Lydia Shafer, Rachel Kanten and Tiffany Trudeau.
Staples-Motley def. Crookston 4-3
1st singles - Mikayla Wing (SM) def. Amber Trostad 6-0, 6-0
2nd singles - Ally Tiedemann def. Sarah Koopmann (SM) 6-3, 6-0
3rd singles - Alexander Fischer (SM) def. Lizzy Awender 6-2, 6-0
4th singles - Alyssa Fee def. Lexi Johnson (SM) 6-3, 6-3
1st doubles - Kelsey Zetah & Nikki Edin (SM) def. Leah Trostad & Lydia Shafer 6-0, 6-1
2nd doubles - Grace Wolhowe & Emily Israelson (SM) def. Kennedy Resendiz & Rachel Kanten 6-1, 6-1
3rd doubles - Amy Follette & Tori Demarais def. Christina Smith & Kaleigh Hosier 6-2, 6-3
L 6-4, 6-4 to Lindsey Girtz (PR)
W 6-3, 6-2 to Abby Salo (NYM)
L 6-0, 6-1 to Julia Smith (PR)
Amber Trostad & Ally Tiedemann
W 6-0, 6-0 to Elise Kallevig & Abby Wegscheid (WDC)
L 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to Bailey Janzen & Marrisa Jevne (R)
Leah Trostad & Lizzy Awender
Page 2 of 2 - W 6-1, 6-4 to Eleanor Erholtz & Carly Fyle (PL)
L 6-3, 6-4 to Kelsey Zetah & Nikki Edin (SM)
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