Crookston lost 5-2 in a match that started on September 6, but was canceled because of rain.

EAST GRAND FORKS - Crookston made their way back to East Side after weather prevented the two squads from completing a dual on September 6. The Pirates entered already trailing 2-0 and two others facing deficits in matches in progress and could not make up the lost ground in a 5-2 defeat.

    Head Coach Mike Geffre thinks his team faced a slight disadvantage with the continued match, but only in a few of the matches.

    “The three that hadn’t played yet, I think, were a wash,” Geffre said. “There wasn’t any advantage there, but I think there is an advantage in the matches that were not completely played because we have to come over and get warmed up and [East Grand Forks] is already here.”

    Before the match was called, East Grand Forks claimed victories in second doubles against Eden Haller (Jr.)/Hannah Lindemoen (Fr.) 6-1, 6-4 and third doubles against Elysa Christensen (Sr.)/Emma Gunderson (7th Grade) 6-2, 6-3.

    In fourth singles, Halle Winjum (7th Grade) stopped mid-match earlier in the month where she lost the first set 6-2 and trailed in the second set 5-4. EGF went on to close out the match winning the second set 7-5.

    Hannah Street (Sr.) started her third singles match on September 6 and lost the first set 7-6. The second set was tied 3-3 deuce. When play resumed, Street could not tie the sets and fell short 7-5 to lose the match. The win served as number four for East Grand Forks which clinched the team victory.

    Catherine Tiedemann (So.) gave Crookston their first win of the match with a 6-4, 6-1 win in second doubles. Hayden Winjum (Fr.), in first singles, snagged the second team win for the Pirates 7-5, 2-6, 10-6.

    The win for Winjum broke a streak of five straight losses decided by a third-set tiebreaker for the freshman and everyone including Geffre was pleased to see the skid end.

    “The monkey’s off the back so hopefully we’ll move forward from there,” Geffre said. “East Side right now is the number one team in the section. They haven’t lost in the section yet. You look at the scores, we’re there with the best team in the section. We got to get a little better between now and two weeks from now.”

    Emma Osborn (Fr.) and Emma Borowicz (So.) were the last Pirates competing in their first doubles match. After losing the first set 7-5, they flipped scores and won 7-5 to force a third-set tiebreaker. The pair led 6-3 in the first-to-ten set, but could not close it out falling 12-10.

    The record may not be where Geffre would like, but he still feels confident his team can make the necessary adjustments in time for the postseason.

    “We’re going to be one of those interesting teams,” Geffre said. “We could be anywhere between a two and a seven. [The East Grand Forks coach] said, ‘I hope you’re not a seven because no one is going to want to play you in the first round.’ Everybody thinks the seven is going to be a weak team and we’re not going to be. There’s probably six teams that could win the section this year. It just depends who’s playing well then.”

    The Pirates (4-13) will get a pair of chances to add some wins to their record on Tuesday, September 18 when they play the Detroit Lakes Lakers and Bemidji in a triangular hosted by the Lumberjacks. Crookston will play DL at 3:30 p.m. and Bemidji at 5 p.m.

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