The Pirates hit the road this weekend playing Detroit Lakes and Wadena-Deer Creek in Detroit Lakes then faced off against Alexandria and Osakis in Alexandria.

    The Pirates capped off a full week of matches with two triangulars in as many days. After four matches across the two days, Crookston came out on the other end 1-3 with their win coming against Wadena-Deer Creek by a score of 5-2. For the losses, the Pirates (4-10) dropped matches to Detroit Lakes, Alexandria and Osakis.

Detroit Lakes L 5-2

    Crookston started in Detroit Lakes against the Lakers for their triangular on Friday, September 7. Catherine Tiedemann (So.) won her second singles match 6-1, 6-1 and the first doubles team of Emma Osborn (Fr.) and Emma Borowicz (So.) emerged victorious 7-5, 6-2.

    Three of the matches went into a third-set tiebreaker, but the Pirates could not claim either. Hayden Winjum (Fr.) won her first set in first singles 6-2, but dropped the second 6-1 and the tiebreaker 12-10. Hannah Street (Sr.) lost 6-4 to open the third singles match, responded to win 6-1 and went on to lose the deciding set 10-8.

    Emma Gunderson (7th Grade) and Hannah Lindemoen (Fr.) played the closest match of the day in third doubles. The pair won set one 7-6(7-5) and nearly pulled off the win, but fell short in set two 7-6(8-6). The Detroit Lakes pair then went on to win the tiebreaker 11-9.

    In other matches: Halle Winjum (7th Grade, 4th Singles) L 6-4, 6-3; Eden Haller (Jr.)/Elysa Christensen (Sr.) (2nd Doubles) L 7-5, 6-0.

Wadena-Deer Creek W 5-2

    Following the loss to the Lakers, Crookston took five out of seven against Wadena-Deer Creek for their fourth dual win of the season. Hayden Winjum (1st Singles) and Tiedemann (2nd Singles) lost 7-5, 2-6, 10-7 and 6-1, 6-3 respectively, but that was all Wadena-Deer Creek could muster.

    Street (3rd Singles) and Halle Winjum (4th Singles) swept their matches 6-4, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-1 to split the score setting up the Pirates’ doubles teams.

    Osborn/Borowicz (1st Doubles) shut out their opponents 6-0, 6-0; Haller/Christensen (2nd Doubles) won 6-0, 6-1 and Audrey Harbott (Jr.) teamed up with Lindemoen in third doubles to win 6-2, 6-1.

    “We’re a little deeper than they are,” Head Coach Mike Geffre said. “The Catherine and Hayden matches could’ve gone either way. I didn’t think we played our best tennis in those spots, but it’s nice to have the other girls chip in to get a win.”

Alexandria L 6-1

    The Pirates continued their weekend the next day in Alexandria where they finished 0-2. Lindemoen/Harbott (3rd Doubles) won the only match for Crookston against Alexandria in a 6-1 loss.

    For the second day in a row, the Pirates struggled with third sets. Tiedemann (1st Singles) lost set one 6-3 then won set two 7-6(7-4), but lost the winner-take-all 6-4. Hayden Winjum (2nd Singles) took a different route in which she claimed the opening set 7-5 and then dropped the remainders 6-3, 6-4. Street/Christensen (2nd Doubles) responded to a 6-2 defeat with a 7-5 edge and proceeded to lose the final set 6-3.

    “I thought Catherine played really well in that one singles match,” Geffre said. “I thought Hayden played well too. If they had played that way on Friday, they’d have won both their matches. It’s just one of those things a day difference makes.”

    Other matches against Alexandria included: Haller (3rd Singles) L 6-0, 6-1; Halle Winjum (4th Singles) L 6-3, 6-4; Borowicz/Osborn (1st Doubles) L 6-4, 6-2.

Osakis L 5-2

    Borowicz and Osborn tallied their third win of the weekend, but not together against Osakis. Borowicz played first doubles with Tiedemann and the two sophomores won 7-6(7-3), 6-1. Osborn paired with Hayden Winjum in second doubles and swept 6-1, 6-3.

    “[Emma Borowicz and Emma Osborn] are both pretty good doubles players,” Geffre said. “They’re taller and they cover a lot of stuff at the net. They’re a little intimidating because they can reach out. I think that those type of things really help them and the chemistry between them is pretty good. It was some nice wins for them.”

    Lindemoen (4th Singles) took set one 7-5 and lost the last two sets each by a score of 6-1 to give the Pirates an 0-8 record on three-set matches over the weekend.

    Other matches: Street (1st Singles) L 6-1, 6-1; Haller (2nd Singles) L 6-2, 6-0; Christensen (3rd Singles) L 6-0, 6-0; Halle Winjum/Gunderson (3rd Doubles) L 6-4, 6-2.

    Geffre noted the struggles regarding three-set matches and plans to work on the issue during the upcoming practices.

    “We’re going to address that obviously in practice coming up,” Geffre said. “We played some tiebreakers against DL and Hayden was in control of her match. She won the first set easily and was up 1-0 in the second set when I left the court so I was shocked she lost six games in a row. I thought we should’ve won the third doubles one too. We had some opportunities, but just couldn’t pull it out. There’s definitely some stuff we need to work on next week.”

    Crookston now returns home for the first time since August 25 to host a triangular on Tuesday, September 11. The Pirates will play Moorhead at 2 p.m. and Thief River Falls at 5 p.m.

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