The doubles team of Catherine Tiedemann and Emma Borowicz won a true second match 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 to qualify.
The Crookston Pirates sent six of their own to Fargo to compete in the Section 8A Individual Tournament. Out of the six, the doubles team of Catherine Tiedemann (So.) and Emma Borowicz (So.), No. 2 in the section, won a second place match to qualify for state. Hayden Winjum (Fr.), No. 3 in the section, took third overall.
Other participants for the Pirates in the tournament included No. 12 Hannah Street (Sr.) and a doubles team of No. 13 Elysa Christensen (Sr.) and Eden Haller (Jr.). Street lost 6-1, 6-2 in the first round and Christensen/Haller dropped the opening round 6-4, 6-1.
Winjum won her first three matches all in two sets. The first round ended in a 6-4, 6-1 final and Winjum conquered her opponent in the quarterfinals 6-2, 6-2.
Waiting for Winjum in the semis was No. 2 Grace Hinojos of Wadena-Deer Creek on Saturday morning and Winjum continued her perfect tournament record sweeping the match 6-4, 6-0.
Winjum lost the championship match to the overall one seed 6-0, 6-0 and needed to play a true second place match to decide the final state spot. In the match, Winjum lost 6-1, 6-1 to just miss out on a state run and placed third overall.
"Hayden is a competitor, it was tough for her and she was kind of emotional,” Head Coach Mike Geffre said. “She’s also a realist and knew those are two seniors she lost to who are good players. But when she was out there, it was hard for her knowing how close she was.”
Tiedemann and Borowicz took a less smooth path en route to the semifinals. After winning 6-1, 6-2 in the first round, the pair found themselves down a set in the quarterfinals. The sophomores rebounded and shut out their opponents 6-0 in set number two and went on to claim the deciding third set 6-2.
The doubles team squared off against No. 3 Abby Morris/Kendra Coborn from Park Rapids in the semifinals. Tiedemann and Borowicz played a close first set, but lost the match 7-6(7-1), 6-4.
The pair still had a chance to get to state, but the process included a third place match, hoping the Park Rapids team win the championship and then Tiedemann and Borowicz playing a true second place match.
Despite the difficult odds, Geffre did not fret about his players' chances.
“I felt really good,” Geffre said. “I thought we’d beat East Grand Forks and we’d get a second place match. I think they were on the positive side of getting a second chance to go rather than going from the championship match to a second place match. It’s a bigger emotional bounce.”
After winning the third place match 6-3, 6-3, the pair's chances of state stayed alive. Their season came down to a true second place match to decide if they would move on to the state level.
Tiedemann and Borowicz won the first set 6-2, lost the second 6-2 and then shut out their opponents 6-0 in the decisive third set to punch their ticket to state.
The trip serves as both of their first times competing at state, but Geffre does not feel concerned about them making their debut.
“I think they’ll play fine,” Geffre said. “They’re not going to get a seed because they only seed five. It’ll be a random draw so you could see the number one right away or another unseeded team.”
The State Individual Tournament starts on Thursday, October 25 and lasts through Friday, October 26 in Minneapolis.
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