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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Boys' tennis: Biermaier & Tiedemann fall in quarterfinals

  • In the quarterfinals, the Pirate pair ran into Ben Ingbar and Taylor Parr of Blake, losing 6-1, 6-3. Parr won the doubles title last season with a different partner.
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  • The Crookston doubles team of senior A.J. Biermaier and sophmore Bobby Tiedemann saw their run come to an end in the quarterfinals of the State Class A Doubles Tournament Wednesday at Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
    Biermaier and Tiedemann started the day by beating a Fridley team of Jack Fite and Luke Prosser 6-2, 7-5.
    "I thought we played pretty decent," Pirate head coach Mike Geffre said. "At times A.J. played well at the start. He carried that match early. Bobby was not in a groove hitting the ball. Then later, Bobby got in a groove and A.J. was in a funk. One person good and one person average was good enough for us to win. We were up 4-1 in the second and up 40 to love to go up 5-0, then next thing you know it's 5-5. We had a match point at 5-2 and other team played best point they played all day. Both of our players played pretty well. It was nice to see."
    In the quarterfinals, the Pirate pair ran into Ben Ingbar and Taylor Parr of Blake, losing 6-1, 6-3. Parr won the doubles title last season with a different partner.
    "The score is not always indicative of how the match went," coach Geffre explained. "We were serving to go up 4-1 in the second set. We were there. In the first set, six of the seven games went to deuce. We were there, we just couldn't quite get the big point when we need it. We were playing with them. If Bobby and A.J. play well at the same time we would've had a chance. It's one of those things where we just didn't quite play well enough. It's not like we played poor though. We played pretty decent."
    Coach Geffre was pleased with the trip to state.
    "It was a good state tournament," he said. "Section 8 did pretty well. Both doubles teams made it to the final eight. Thief River Falls took fourth. Ty Misialek of East Grand Forks is in the final four right now of singles. Section 8 did pretty well."
    Biermaier's high school career comes to a close, while Tiedemann will look to build on back-to-back trips to the state doubles tournament.
    "A.J. had a good career," Geffre said. "Without even playing his junior season, he had a very good senior season."

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