It was Senior Night for the Austin Packers girl’s tennis team at Paulson Tennis Courts Tuesday against Big 9 rival Albert Lea, and a three-set win by Chole Schmitt at No. 2 singles lifted the Packers past the Tigers 4-3.
Austin was also victorious at 3rd and 4th singles as Gracie Schmitt of the Packers defeated Maggie Moller of Albert Lea in straight sets at 3rd singles 6-2, 6-0, and Lauren Wernimont at 4th singles was also a winner as she downed Allison Dulitz of the Tigers in straight sets 7-6, 6-1. The one win at doubles for the Packers was provided by Siri Ansorge and Kali Meiergerd at 2nd doubles as they defeated Kaedyn Kirchner and Madison Prihoda of Albert Lea 6-3, 7-6. In what proved to be the winning match at 2nd singles, Schmitt took the first set over Shelby Hanson of the Tigers 6-0. Hanson rebounded to take the second set 6-4, but Schmitt prevailed in the third set 6-3 to give Austin the win.
The Packers move to 2-10 on the season, and they are back into action Thursday afternoon in Rochester versus the John Marshall Rockets, with a start time of 4:30.
In cross-country action, both the Packers boys and girls squads were at the Mankato invitational Tuesday, and in the boys competition, the Packers were fourth with 106 team points. Mankato East was first with 25 points followed by Albert Lea in second with 51 points, Rochester Mayo finished third with 76 points followed by the Packers and Mankato West with 120. Jackson Marsh ran the best time for the Packers as he was 16th with a time of 18:39.5, Joseph Garry was 20th with a time of 18:54.9, Alex Petrik was 21st at 18:56.8, Andrew Neitzell was 24th with a time of 19:00.2, Nickolas Wahlen finished 25th with a final time of 19:00.6 and Jacob Venega was 27th with a time of 19:07.3.
In the girls competition, Mankato West was first with 41 team points followed by Mankato East in second with 57, Rochester Mayo was third with 75 followed by Austin with 94 points, Albert Lea was fifth with 125 points and St. Peter was sixth with 138. Individually for Austin, Nadia Vaughn was sixth with a time of 21:21.6, Marissa Shute was 13th with a final time of 22:49.9, Cassidy Shute was 22nd at 23:24.5 and Ruby Kvam was 26th with a time of 24:06.3.
The Packers are off until Thursday, October 3rd when they travel to Owatonna for a six-team invitational starting at 4:00 p.m.
In Big 9 Conference volleyball at Packer Gym Tuesday night, it was Austin playing host to Mankato West, and although the Packers took the first set 25-18, the Scarlets rebounded to sweep the next three 25-17, 25-13 and 25-22 for the win.
The Packers were led by Avery Thompson in hitting as she put down 12 kills and added 11 digs. Erica Lundberg tallied 9 kills, Kyra Walters had 8 kills and 4 digs defensivley and Jordyn McCormack added 7 kills, plus 19 digs and an ace serve. AJ Richard put up 36 set assists to pace the Packer offense, plus she added 2 kills, 5 ace serves and 10 digs.
The Packers to 1-3 in the Big 9 and 7-4 overall, and they are back into action at Packer Gym Thursday evening at 7 p.m. versus Rochester John Marshall.
In boys soccer action from Owatonna, the Austin Packers were on the road to take on the Huskies in the Big 9 Confernence, and in a match shortened by lightning, the Packers remained unbeaten in conference play with a 4-1 win.
Andres Garcia scored twice for Austin, including a goal in the 39th minute to put the Packers ahead 2-1. His goal in the 77th minute increased Austin’s lead to 3-1, and Julio Hernandez and Henry Tolbert also tallied, plus Tolbert also added two assists, and Hernandez and Pray Reh each added one assist for the Packers, who move to 7-0-1 in the Big 9 and 9-1-1 overall.
Austin is back in action at Art Hass Stadium Thursday evening against Red Wing, with a 7:00 p.m. start time.
In girls soccer action, the Austin Packers played host to Owatonna at Art Hass Stadium Tuesday, and Grace Wolf’s goal late in overtime lifted the Huskies past the Packers 2-1.
Owatonna took an early 1-0 lead with a goal by Ezra Oien in the 4th minute, but then in the 44th minute Hope Dudycha bent in a corner kick to tie the match at 1. Keeper Robin Weaver made 13 saves in the match for Ausitn, who is now 3-4 in the Big 9 and 4-7 overall on the season.
The Packers are back in action at Red Wing on Thursday, with a start time changed to 7:00 p.m.
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