The triangular against Moorhead and Thief River Falls resulted in two 5-2 losses for Crookston.
Crookston took eight of their matches into a third-set tiebreaker in the triangular, came out with three on their side, but it was not enough against Moorhead and Thief River Falls as the Pirates lost 5-2 twice.
Moorhead L 5-2
Moorhead controlled all four of the singles matches which proved to be enough to clinch the team win. Hayden Winjum (Fr. 1st Singles) won her first set 6-3 and lost the second set 6-2 setting up a first-to-10 tiebreaker. Moorhead won the set 10-6 to take the match.
Eden Haller (Jr. 2nd Singles) began to mount a comeback after dropping her first set 6-4. Haller retaliated with a 6-2 win in set two, but fell just short of a match win when Moorhead claimed the third set by a score of 10-8.
In Crookston's lineup of 10 players, the average grade competing is that of a sophomore, but Head Coach Mike Geffre refuses to use youth and inexperience as a reason for the loss.
“We addressed the team about how using the excuse, ‘I’m young,’ or whatever, is no longer usable,” Geffre said. “We don’t want to have excuses for why things are happening. You have to have some self-reflection. You have to play to win, you can’t play to not lose.”
On the doubles side, the second doubles team of Catherine Tiedemann (So.) and Hannah Street (Sr.) broke the Pirates' tiebreaker slump winning their match 6-4, 4-6, 10-4. Emma Borowicz (So.) and Emma Osborn (Fr.) earned the only other Pirate victory in first doubles by a final of 6-3, 6-2.
Going back to last Friday, September 7, the Pirates have gone 1-10 in third-set tiebreakers and Geffre was pleased to see his team get one in the win column while emphasizing the severity of such a scenario.
“We went 1-2 in tiebreakers today and the two that won are the two experienced players which, I guess, goes to show something,” Geffre said. “Those are the two that played on the tournament team last year so maybe that has something to do with it. Tiebreakers are a different beast. Every point is just so crucial.”
Other matches included: Elysa Christensen (Sr. 3rd Singles) L 6-0, 6-0; Halle Winjum (7th Grade 4th Singles) L 6-2, 6-1 and Hannah Lindemoen (Fr.)/Audrey Harbott (Jr.) (3rd Doubles) L 6-4, 6-4.
Thief River Falls L 5-2
Tiedemann took the first singles duties against TRF and brought back a victory by winning 6-3, 3-6, 10-8. Borowicz earned her second victory of the day, this time in second singles, beating her opponent 4-6, 6-2, 10-4. In her last six matches across singles and doubles, Borowicz boasts a 5-1 record.
Street (3rd Singles) did not produce the same result as her singles teammates dropping her match 6-0, 4-6, 10-7. Two of the Pirates' doubles teams also fell short in a three set match: Osborn/Hayden Winjum (1st Doubles) L 4-6, 6-3, 12-10 and Christensen/Haller (2nd Doubles) L 1-6, 7-6, 10-3.
Other matches included: Lindemoen (4th Doubles) L 6-0, 6-0 and Harbott/Halle Winjum (3rd Doubles) L 6-3, 6-0.
Crookston (4-12) moves on to East Grand Forks on Monday, September 17. The match is a continuation of the suspended match from September 6. EGF won two matches and led two others when the match was stopped. Play will resume at 4 p.m.
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