Crookston defeated Park Rapids, but fell short to Roseau.

    With the section tournament less than two weeks away, the Crookston Pirates hosted their final triangular of the season against Park Rapids and Roseau. The Pirates bested Park Rapids 6-1, but two close matches against Roseau resulted in a 5-2 loss.    

    Against Park Rapids, Crookston took three of the four singles matches and swept the doubles matches.    

    Ally Tiedemann, Jaeden Lizakowski and Hayden Winjum competed in first, second and third singles respectively and each won their matches in two sets. In third singles, Elysa Christensen lost in two sets.   

    In first doubles, Amy Follette and Catherine Tiedemann won a third set tiebreaker to take the match as did Emma Borowicz and Emily Barrus in third doubles. Nissa Brekken and Hannah Street won in two sets in second doubles.    

    The Pirates sent out a different lineup to face Roseau and it nearly worked.    

    Follette lost her first singles match and Brekken lost third singles in two sets. Jaeden Lizakowski took her match to a third set tiebreaker where she lost 13-11 in a set that is first to ten and requires a win by two points. Emma Borowicz met a similar fate in fourth singles losing 10-8 in a third set tiebreaker.    

    The losses would prove costly as Crookston took two of the three doubles matches. The Tiedemann sisters played together for the first time all season and won in two sets in first doubles. Christensen and Winjum teamed up to take third doubles in two sets winning in a third set tiebreaker. Barrus and Street fell short in second doubles.    

    After winning both matches, Ally Tiedemann, who owns a record 24-5 on the year, spoke on the performances as the season comes to a close.

    “Individually, I’m not playing the best tennis that I have,” Tiedemann said. “But when sections comes around, everyone picks it up and that’s when we play our best tennis so I’m not too worried. [We’re focusing on] playing our best by just working hard and never quitting. If we do that, we’ll definitely playing as good as we can be.”   

    With a record of 13-7-1, Crookston will play their final regular season match against Bemidji in East Grand Forks on Tuesday, October 3. The matches start at 10:30 a.m.