The Thief River Falls Prowlers came out strong and outlasted the Crookston Pirate Girls Tennis team for a 6-1 victory in a Section 8A matchup played at the Crookston High School tennis courts.  “We had some good matches and happy with how we played,” said Crookston Coach Cody Brekken. “

Thief River Falls came out aggressive and played outstanding tennis at the start, but the Pirates picked up their play and started to adjust to Thief River Falls’ aggressive style.

The first match to finish was second singles when Brooklyn Broadwell beat Crookston’s Hayden Winjum 6-0, 6-1.  “Brooklyn can run all over the court and made Hayden move,” said Coach Brekken. “Hayden played well, but Brooklyn was tough.”

The second match completed was at third doubles where Thief River Falls’ Trista Spears and Avery Malone beat the Pirates’ Macy Fee and Abby Borowicz 6-2, 6-1 to take a quick 2-0 lead.  “Macy and Abby played a competitive match,” said Coach Brekken. “Thief River Falls was more aggressive at the net and had a lot of nice shots.”

Crookston picked up their only win of the evening when Halle Winjum played an outstanding match and beat Bell Hamre 6-1, 6-0 to bring the Pirates within a 2-1 deficit with four matches remaining.  “Halle played a great match,” said Coach Brekken. “Halle made Bell move all over the court and she is really playing tough at the third singles spot.”

The first singles match was the next match to wrap up and it was a competitive match, but Thief River Falls’ Emma Fagerstrom beat Catherine Tiedemann 6-1, 6-3. “Catherine had a bit of a slow start, but started to play very well,” said Coach Brekken. “Catherine started to move Emma around and can take a lot of good away from the match.  Catherine played well.”

The fourth singles match was next and Amy Skaar beat Crookston’s Brekken Tull 6-4, 6-4 to give the Prowlers a 4-1 advantage in the team score to officially give them the win.  “They had some long points in the match and Brekken kept working hard,” said Coach Brekken. “I was satisfied with how Brekken played tonight.”

The last two matches on the court were the closest, as you would expect with the last matches on the court.  The second doubles team of Hannah Lindemoen and Emma Gunderson won their first set 7-6 and 7-3 in the tie-breaker, but lost the second set 6-0.  In the third set, Thief River Falls won 10-8 to take a 5-1 lead in the match.  “They had a great first set and played well,” said Coach Brekken. “The second set was a struggle, but then they bounced back and played tough and never gave up and that was great to see.”

A few seconds later, the first doubles match finished and Thief River Falls’ Brooklyn Brouse and Abby Flaagan beat Crookston’s Emma Osborn and Halle Bruggeman in a tight match 6-2, 6-4 to give the Prowlers an impressive 6-1 victory.  “Thief River Falls was able to hit a few more winners in the match,” said Coach Brekken.  “Emma and Halle played well, but they weren’t able to close the points out.”

The girls want to see Thief River Falls again. “We were a little timid to start the match,” said Coach Brekken. “Last year the girls didn’t want to see Thief River Falls again, but tonight they were excited to play them again towards the end of the year and that is great to hear.”

Crookston drops to 5-1 on the year and will host East Grand Forks on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.  Thief River Falls improves to 5-0 on the year.

1st Catherine Tiedemann Emma Fagerstrom TRF 6-1, 6-3
2nd Hayden Winjum Brooklyn Broadwell TRF 6-0, 6-1
3rd Halle Winjum Bell Hamre Crox 6-1, 6-0
4th Brekken Tull Amy Skaar TRF 6-4, 6-4
1st Dub Emma Osborn
Halle Bruggeman
Brooklyn Brouse
Abby Flaagan
TRF 6-2, 6-4
2nd Hannah Lindemoen
Emma Gunderson
Gabby Steele
Hannah Cleven
TRF 6-7 (3-7), 6-0, 10-8
3rd Macy Fee
Abby Borowicz
Trista Spears
Avery Malone
TRF 6-2, 6-1