After trailing 3-1, Crookston rallied to win 4-3 behind wins from Audrey Harbott/Hannah Lindemoen, Hayden Winjum, Emma Osborn and Eden Haller. The Pirates could not do the same against East Grand Forks in a 4-3 loss.
Coming off a 1-2 showing in their first matches of the season, the Crookston Pirates girls’ tennis team played come-from-behind to beat the Roseau Rams by a score of 4-3. Roseau captured two doubles and a singles win to get one match away from the team win before the Crookston rally. Emma Osborn won a third-set tiebreaker in fourth singles to keep the Pirates alive and Eden Haller clinched the team’s victory sweeping third singles.
Catherine Tiedemann dropped her first singles match by a score of 6-4, 6-3 and the third doubles team of Audrey Harbott and Hannah Lindemoen gave Crookston their first win beating their opponents in two sets 6-4, 6-4.
Roseau added wins number two and three with victories against Hannah Street/Emma Borowicz (first doubles; 6-3, 3-6, 10-7) and Elysa Christensen/Jada Dillabough (second doubles; 6-3, 6-3).
Facing a team loss, Hayden Winjum took care of her second singles match winning 7-5, 6-0. The Pirates tied the team match at 3-3 when Osborn came out on top in a match that went to a third-set tiebreaker in which she won 6-4, 4-6, 10-8.
The Pirates then gathered around to watch the final Pirate still playing, Eden Haller. Haller, in third singles, won a close first set 7-6(7-5) and came back from 4-3 in the second set to win 6-4.
"[The last three matches] were all close and it was fun to see them battle," Head Coach Mike Geffre said. "I know Emma Osborn had to win a third-set tiebreaker. Eden Haller had to battle two long sets to win. So, just a character of having to stay on the court and compete hard."
Later in the afternoon, Crookston took on the East Grand Forks Green Wave and this time, their comeback fell short 4-3.
The Green Wave swept the doubles portion of the match winning first doubles (Emma Borowicz/Hannah Lindemoen; 6-3, 6-4) second doubles (Elysa Christensen/Eden Haller; 6-0, 6-1) and third doubles (Jada Dillabough/Emma Osborn; 4-6, 6-0, 10-7).
"We have to get just a little better or we're one player short," Geffre said. "One or the other. Because [East Grand Forks] used their best player at one doubles so they put their player from one doubles to one singles. Right now, they're just a little bit better than we are so we have to work on some things to close that gap."
The Pirates took three out of the four singles matches. Hayden Winjum, the only Pirate to finish the day undefeated, won first singles 6-3, 6-2. Catherine Tiedemann also swept her opponent in second singles by a score of 6-3, 6-3. Hannah Street rounded out the Crookston wins with a 6-1, 6-0 third doubles victory.
Geffre's positive takeaway from the loss to East Side came in the form of Winjum's play.
"Hayden runs a lot of stuff down," Geffre said. "She's a good athlete. She really gets herself in position for balls and she just frustrates her opponent a lot. When she starts being able to stroke the ball a little harder with topspin, she's going to be really tough."
Crookston now owns a record of 2-3 on the season and will next play in the Crookston Pirate Booster/Carla Johnson Memorial Tournament on Saturday, August 25 starting at 9 a.m.
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