Matt Garmen won the deciding match in the third set 7-5.
The Pirate boys’ tennis team will compete in the State semifinal on Wednesday morning after defeating Hibbing 4-3 in a closely contested quarterfinal match Tuesday afternoon at the Reed Sweatt Center in Minneapolis.
The Pirates got victories from their top three singles players, as well as their number two doubles duo to lock down the victory. The last match to go final was the number three singles match where Matt Garmen and Jack Kearney battled in a third set. With the other six matches complete, there was no winner decided, as each team took three matches.
In that third set, Garmen fell behind 5-4, and his coach, Mike Geffre went out to talk to him. “With Matt, he is great about being able to make adjustments when a coach tells him something,” head coach Mike Geffre said. “Sometimes you will tell kids an adjustment, but they can’t make it. That’s not the case with Matt.”
What Geffre pointed out to Matt was that his opponent was never lobbing his first shot, so Matt could afford to play up a little closer to the net.
Even still, Garmen faced match point on two separate occasions, battling off both, before eventually taking the third set 7-5, and thus clinching the victory for the Pirates. “That was fun,” Geffre said. “There were contested matches all the way through, and it was great to see Matt come up with the win.”
In addition to Garmen’s win, the Pirates got close wins from Bobby Tiedemann at the number one singles spot and the two Jake’s (Roesch and Widseth) at the number two doubles spot. The only win for the Pirates that didn’t come down to the wire was Andy Gregg who won relatively comfortably at the number two singles spot.
The Pirates will now face the Breck School on Wednesday morning, as the Pirates are the lone public school remaining among the final four. “We’re just looking to have some fun and whatever happens happens,” Geffre said. “They’re a good team, and we would have to play exceptional tennis to win, but that certainly doesn’t mean we can’t beat them.”
The match starts at 10:00 a.m. at the Reed Sweatt Center in Minneapolis.