Nick Garmen, Logan Wardner, Blake Fee and Tanner Janorschke each picked up wins in the team loss.
Three different matches went to a third set and two of them favored Crookston. But Detroit Lakes managed to escape with a four individual match wins to win as a team.
"We had a better showing than when we saw this team a week ago in Thief River Falls," Head Coach Cody Brekken said. "This one came down to came down to the very last match which went three sets of back and forth play. Detroit Lakes is a little deeper than we we are right now and they were able to secure those bottom match-ups."
Nick Garmen stayed consistent at the top of the order in first singles. Garmen dropped the first set 6-3, but rallied to win the next two 6-2 and 6-3.
Logan Wardner made quick work of his opponent winning the second singles competition 6-1, 6-2.
"Nick Garmen has been strong for us in matches showing consistent play and strong in practice being a good leader for the team," Brekken said. "Logan Wardner's match especially impressed me as he played the same kid he lost to a week back in a tiebreaker and beat him in straight sets. Logan has shown some growth in his play and mental approach which has been great to see. So far I have shifted the line-up quite a bit throughout the season as I wanted to see how the boys played in different spots and we are now getting into the time of year when the line-ups won't change as often but there will still be some variance."
For third singles, Mason LaPlante lost in two sets 6-3, 6-1.
Logan Schultz battled to win the fourth singles first set 7-6 after winning the tiebreaker 8-6. Schultz’s match went into a third set after his opponent came back to win set two 6-2. The third set ended in the same result, a 6-2 win for Detroit Lakes.
Blake Fee and Tanner Janorschke teamed up for a first singles win. The duo won the first set 7-6 after winning a tiebreaker 10-3. Their opponents forced a third set with a 6-4 set two win. Fee and Janorschke then finished off the match with a 6-3 set three win.
Robert Janorschke and Jack Garmen were unable to grab a set win dropping the second doubles match 6-2, 6-2.
Brandon Boetcher and Dilon Owens faced a similar fate losing in two sets 6-2, 6-4.
"We have a few players that have played in third sets or in tiebreakers a lot more than others," Brekken said. "On one hand, its great that they can find a way to compete against tougher opponents but on the other, we need to put away matches against opponents that we are better than. Sometimes its easy to get in a rhythm of returning balls back in play, but we need to pick a time to challenge the opponent, make him move around, find a shot he doesn't like and those types of things."
The Pirates fall to 2-8 on the year with the loss. Crookston will come home for their first home match of the season when they take on Moorhead on Tuesday, May 1 at 4:30 p.m.