Nick Garmen (Senior) and Jack Garmen (Freshman) lost both of their matches today at the Minnesota State High School League Individual Tennis tournament played at the Reed-Sweatt Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis.

In the first match, this morning the Nick and Jack lost to the #5 seed Jacob Hageman and Tanner Funk of Foley 6-0, 7-6 (7-3) in a match  “We got shell-shocked in the first set and down 0-6 before you know it.  We weren’t keeping balls in play and they were pretty active and we weren’t as active as we needed to be,” said acting Coach Greg Garmen. “In the second set we were keeping balls in play and serving better and Foley didn’t serve as well so that helped a little bit.  We had a lot of unforced errors in the first set and did a better job in the second set.”  Losing in a tie-breaker in the second set was tough for the Pirates. “I think if we could have won the tie-breaker things would have been a little different,” said Coach Garmen. “We finished strong and the boys were relaxed and playing well.  Hopefully, that carries over to the next match.”

The Garmen brothers are being coached by their dad Greg Garmen while head coach Cody Brekken is at his yearly National Guard training. “It was interesting, but they are used to me with basketball,” said Coach Garmen. “Once you get down here there isn’t much you can do.”

Nick and Jack lost their second match 6-1, 6-2 to Carter Anderson and Ryan Osborne of Hibbing and were eliminated.  “The first game we took a 1-0 lead and lost the next six and lost 6-1.
We didn’t execute like we needed to today,” said Coach Garmen. “In the second set, we took a 2-0 lead and lost the next six.  The boys don’t feel they played their best and I don’t think they were very sharp today.  It was good to get down here and face some good competition and it was nice for Nick to end his Pirate career at state and good for Jack to get some matches against some pretty good players.”