Crookston lost 4-3 for the first time this season.
The Pirates reached three individual wins for the first time this year in a single dual, but Moorhead picked up their second victory over Crookston in a 4-3 final.
“Today was the first day where I could just look up at the courts, and I could see all the guys hustling for every single point,” Pirates Head Coach Cody Brekken said. “Really kind of working that extra mile for anything they can get.”
Crookston (0-8) snagged two singles wins and a doubles win to round out their trio of victories. Nick Garmen (Sr.) won his fifth match of the year beating Hagar Khalid (Sr.) in first singles 6-1, 6-3, Jack Garmen (Fr.) also won in two sets 7-6(8-6), 6-3 over Justin Dang (Jr.) and the third doubles team of Mason Owens (Fr.) and Logan Johnson (Sr.) defeated Adam Pettis (Fr.) and Matt Malusry (Sr.) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Jack Garmen tallied his fifth win on the year, Johnson his second and Owens earned his first.
“The consistent play is finally coming along,” Brekken said. “If you’re watching matches a couple weeks ago, every point was lasting maybe four-or-five-shot rallies. Now, you’re watching, and our guys are hustling every ball. Points are lasting 12-or-15-point rallies.”
Of the Pirates’ four losses, two lasted three sets. Logan Wardner (Sr.) competed in one after returning from a knee injury and took Jeron Sheldon (Sr.) down to the wire in second singles. After the nearly three-hour match concluded, Sheldon prevailed 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.
“Especially coming back from a knee injury, [Logan] really grinded today and did well,” Brekken said. “I think Logan being back really re-energized everybody. The team is kind of coming back together now, and everybody is playing well.”
The other three-setter came between Blake Fee (Sr.)/Tanner Janorschke (Sr.) and Michael Overbo (Jr.)/Eric Cai (Sr.) in first doubles. Fee and Janorschke won set one 6-4 but dropped the remaining two 6-1 and 6-2.
With it being their first 4-3 match of the season, Brekken was glad his players experienced the atmosphere of a close contest.
“Even when they’re not playing, it keeps the kids involved,” Brekken said. “They can see every point matters. When it comes to the end, it’s going to come down to the last shots. Every single spot, whether you’re one singles or three doubles, it’s all worth the same.”
Last time against Moorhead, the Spuds downed Crookston 6-1.
Crookston will get two chances to notch their first win of the season when they host a triangular on Friday, May 10. The Pirates take on Perham at 3:30 p.m. and East Grand Forks at 5 p.m.
Oscar Bergeson (8th Grade) def. Dilon Owens (Sr.) 6-4, 6-3
Dan Arnold (Sr.)/Ives Hilgers (So.) def. Robert Janorschke (Sr.)/Mason LaPlante (Sr.) 6-4, 6-3
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