Jack Garmen took his match to a third set tiebreaker, but the Pirates could not win a match.

    The Pirates opened their season with a dual on the road against Bemidji. The veteran team of Bemidji kept Crookston in check en route to a 7-0 sweep.

    “It’s great that we were finally able to get some time playing on tennis courts and get some match experience,” first year Head Coach Cody Brekken said. “We had a good number of students who played their very first tennis match today and I was impressed with how much they picked up in short amount of time.”

    In the first singles match, junior Nick Garmen suffered a loss in two sets 6-4 and 6-0. Junior Blake Fee lost the second singles competition 6-0 for both sets and sophomore Logan Schultz fell 6-1 and 6-2 in fourth singles.

    Eighth grader Jack Garmen led off his third singles match with a set one victory by a score of 6-3. His opponent came back to win the second set 6-4 and force a third set tiebreaker in which the first to 10 wins if ahead by at least two. Garmen lost 10-6, but Brekken enjoyed watching the battle.

    “Jack’s performance at the third singles spot impressed me,” Brekken said. “He had a hard-fought match with long rallies and was able to get his opponent to a tiebreaker.”

    Crookston won three games in the three doubles matches, but dropped each one.

    Juniors Tanner Janorschke and Dilon Owens paired up for the first doubles team and lost 6-0, 6-1. Junior Chris Kazmierczak and senior Brandon Boetcher lost 6-1 and 6-0 in the second doubles match. Sophomore Logan Johnson and eighth grader Mason Owens also fell in two sets 6-0 and 6-1.

    With one match in the books, Brekken says he plans to develop fundamentals for future matches.

    “Our focus now becomes working on some of our basic tactics and positioning on the court,” Brekken said. “With a lot of young tennis players, many of the consistencies will come with time. I’m excited to see this team develop through the season.”

    At 0-1, Crookston’s next matches will be in a triangular in Bemidji against Grand Rapids and Bemidji on Monday, April 9. The Pirates were originally scheduled to play in a triangular against East Grand Forks, but the match was postponed to May 15.

    Crookston will play Grand Rapids at 10:30 a.m. and Bemidji at 1 p.m.

    Crookston’s scheduled match against Bemidji on Tuesday, April 10 has also been cancelled.