Crookston won three of the four singles matches, but lost all three doubles matches in a 4-3 defeat.

    In their first one-on-one dual of the season, the Crookston Pirates nearly pulled off a win over Moorhead. Despite winning 75 percent of the singles matches, the Pirates dropped each doubles match and Moorhead escaped with a 4-3 win.

    "[Moorhead is] a good team," Head Coach Mike Geffre said. "They're a pretty mature team. They have three seniors and three juniors so they did some nice things. We didn't play extremely well, but they're just solid. They're a tough team to match up with so I was pretty impressed with them."

    Hayden Winjum (Fr.) continued her dominant freshman campaign for Crookston (3-6) with a 6-1, 7-5 win in first singles. Catherine Tiedemann (So.) took her second singles match to a third-set tiebreaker where she proceeded to edge out her opponent 10-6 and claim the match 6-4, 2-6, 10-6. Halle Winjum rounded out the Crookston wins after a 7-5, 7-5 victory in fourth singles.

    The matches the Pirates grabbed played an individual role for each player and Geffre commended each performance.

    "It was a nice win for Cat," Geffre said. "She's been struggling a little bit in the singles and she showed a lot more patience today. It's a confidence-boost to win a singles match like that. Halle's going to play the long matches so she eventually wears her opponent down and frustrates them a little bit and Hayden had really good control of her match."

    Moorhead won their only singles match of the day in the third singles category against Elysa Christensen (Sr.) 6-1, 6-1. In sweeping the doubles matches, Moorhead beat the first doubles team of Hannah Street (Sr.)/Emma Borowicz (So.) 6-1, 6-4; Hannah Lindemoen (Fr.)/Emma Osborn (Fr.) in second doubles 6-0, 6-0 and Audrey Harbott (Jr.)/Emma Gunderson (7th) in third doubles 6-0, 6-1.

    Although Crookston came away empty-handed, Geffre believes, given the similar schedules between his team and Moorhead, the Pirates can contend with their upcoming matches.

    "Moorhead has been beating a lot of the opponents that we're going to see," Geffre said. "In our schedule, I think they beat East Grand Forks, Perham and a lot of teams in our section. That's one of those things where we know we are close with them and if we're close with them, that should put us in a good match with the teams in our section."

    The Pirates will next trek to Thief River Falls for a dual on Tuesday, September 4 at 4:30 p.m.

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