Crookston was looking to get back on track after a rough outing against Fosston in which they lost 3-0. Four close matches against Mahnomen later, the Pirates got back in the win column.

    Crookston was looking to get back on track after a rough outing against Fosston in which they lost 3-0. Four close matches against Mahnomen later, the Pirates got back in the win column.    

    Rachel Hefta led the offensive surge with 17 kills while Kylie Solheim recorded 20 assists and Teagan Carlstrom led in defense with 16 digs.    

    Crookston won the first set 25-19, their largest win of the match.    

    In the second set, the Pirates fell 25-21 to even the sets at one apiece.   

    For the third set, the score flip-flopped and Crookston bested 25-21 to give the Pirates the 2-1 advantage going into set number four.        

    Set four served as the closest battle of the entire match, but Crookston was able to edge out Mahnomen 25-23 and take the match.    

    With the Pirates improving to 2-1 on the year, head coach Ashely Stopa was proud of her team for grinding through when things were not going there way.    

    “I was proud how we worked as a team to push through,” Stopa said. “The tenacity of this team as a whole to push through in the tight matches shows the fight they have as a group and as individuals.”   

    Next on the schedule for the Pirates is Red Lake Falls on September 5 in Crookston. The match will start at 7:30 p.m.