The two seniors ended their careers with 100+ wins and Tiedemann captured the all-time wins lead for Crookston.
The doubles team of Ally Tiedemann and Amy Follette stepped into the light of the state stage as seniors looking to end their Pirate careers on a high note.
Entering the tournament unseeded in a field of sixteen, the pair needed to win two matches to advance to the medal rounds. The team won their first match, but lost the quarterfinals match to the second-seeded team in the state.
They took their first match over Le Sueur-Henderson in comeback fashion winning 7-5 and 6-4.
In the first set, the pair trailed 4-2 and came back outscoring their opponent 5-1 the rest of the way to win 7-5.
The second set offered even more drama. This time, the deficit to overcome was 4-1. Tiedemann and Follette responded with five straight game wins to take the match 6-4 and punch their ticket to the quarterfinals where Rochester Lourdes awaited them.
“They never grooved in the first match,” Head Coach Mike Geffre said. “I think they were looking towards the second match because they knew they had Rochester Lourdes waiting.”
Once in the quarterfinals, Tiedemann and Follette played more competitively according to Geffre, but Rochester Lourdes proved too much to handle. The two seed got past the Crookston pair winning 6-1 and 6-2.
“I think we played a lot better this time,” Geffre said. “We had our chances and situations with some game points and couldn’t convert. But I’m proud of the way they played.”
With the win, Rochester Lourdes advanced to the semifinals where they will face the number three seed, but Geffre believes the team has the skill to win the championship.
“That was a real good double team. probably the best in the state,” Geffre said. “I think they will go on to win.”
The loss concludes two stellar careers for the Crookston seniors. Both Tiedemann and Follette reached 100 career wins and Tiedemann became the all-time wins leader for Crookston with 153.