Austin Packers boys tennis team goes 1-1 at season-opening triangular in Owatonna Saturday
The Austin Packers boys tennis team opened their 2024 season with a Big 9 Conference triangular in Owatonna versus the Huskies and the Faribault Falcons, and it was the Packers falling to Owatonna 7-0 before rebounding with a decisive 6-1 win over the Falcons.
In the Owatonna match, a pair of singles players for Austin pushed their matches to three sets, as Cole Hebrink at first singles fell in the first set to Thomas Oien of Owatonna 6-2, but he rebounded to down Oien in the second set by the same 6-2 score before falling 10-6 in the deciding third set.  Nathan Danielson of Austin took the first set at second singles against Joe Zeman of Owatonna 6-4, only to fall by the same score in the second set and 10-8 in the third set.
In their second match versus Faribault, Hebrink outdueled Brandon Petricka at first singles 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3) and 6-3, while Michael Garry was also victorious in three sets at third singles over Nelson Landrau-Ortiz of Faribault 6-2, 4-6 and 6-0.  Lucas Rust of Austin was also a winner in three sets at fourth singles over Adam Diaz-Coons of the Falcons 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4, while Kyler Flanders and Quinton Grimley of the Packers swept Ben Diaz-Coons and Colin Haefs of Faribault 6-4, 6-0.  Samuel Mata and Gavin Matyas of Austin at second doubles over Buay Lua and Miles Leopold of the Falcons 7-5, 7-6 (3), and Marcos Castro and Timothy Perez for the Packers outlasted Mitch Gibbs and Johannes Dull of Faribault at third doubles 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
The Packers open the season with a record of 1-1, and Austin returns to action Tuesday for their home opener at the Wescott Athletic Complex versus Winona in a Big 9 Conference match, with the action scheduled to start at 4:45 p.m.
No. 1 – Thomas Oien, OWATONNA SENIOR HIGH def. Cole Hebrink, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 2-6, 6-2, 10-6
No. 2 – Joe Zeman, OWATONNA SENIOR HIGH def. Nathan Danielson, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-4, 4-6, 10-8
No. 3 – Canaan Zinter, OWATONNA SENIOR HIGH def. Michael Garry, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-1, 6-1
No. 4 – Asher Penn, OWATONNA SENIOR HIGH def. Lucas Rust, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-2, 6-1
No. 1 – Finn Loveless – Leyton Williams, OWATONNA SENIOR HIGH def. Kyler Flanders – Quinton Grimley, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-2, 6-2
No. 2 – Stephen Sennott – Landon Rahn, OWATONNA SENIOR HIGH def. Samuel Mata – Gavin Matyas, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-0, 6-1
No. 3 – August Penn – Owen Kaytor, OWATONNA SENIOR HIGH def. Marcos Castro – Timothy Perez, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-1, 6-1
No. 1 – Cole Hebrink, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH def. Brandon Petricka, FARIBAULT –BOYS ONLY, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (3), 6-3
No. 2 – Carsen Kramer, FARIBAULT –BOYS ONLY def. Nathan Danielson, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 – Michael Garry, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH def. Nelson Landrau Ortiz, FARIBAULT –BOYS ONLY, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
No. 4 – Lucas Rust, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH def. Adam Diaz-Coons, FARIBAULT –BOYS ONLY, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4
No. 1 – Kyler Flanders – Quinton Grimley, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH def. Ben Diaz-Coons – Colin Haefs, FARIBAULT, 6-4, 6-0
No. 2 – Samuel Mata – Gavin Matyas, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH def. Buay Lua – Miles Leopold, FARIBAULT, 7-5, 7-6 (3)
No. 3 – Marcos Castro – Timothy Perez, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH def. Mitch Gibbs – Johannes Dull, FARIBAULT, 6-1, 3-6, 6-1