The Austin Packers girls tennis team, the No. 13 seed in the Section 1AA team tournament traveled to Rochester Tuesday to take on the No. 4 seeded Panthers, and it was Century advancing into the quarterfinals with a 6-1 win.
The win for the Packers Tuesday was provided by Gracie Schmitt at No. 1 singles, as she downed Zoe Zhang of Century in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. Abby and Katy VanPelt for Austin at No. 1 doubles battled the team of Sara Nevenheim and Sara Yilma of the Panthers for three sets, but the Panther duo was victorious by a score of 2-6, 6-1 and 10-5.
The Section 1AA individual tennis tournament will be next for the Packers, with play scheduled to start on Thursday, October 12th. Century advances to play Thursday against No. 5 seed Stewartville, who swept 12th seeded Northfield Tuesday 7-0. Also advancing on Tuesday was eighth-seeded Red Wing, as they downed No. 9 seed Faribault 5-2. The Wingers will have to play No. 1 seed and No. 1 ranked Rochester Mayo in Rochester Thursday. Also advancing to play Thursday was No. 2 seed Lakeville North, who defeated 15th seeded Tri-City United 7-0, and they will play seventh-seeded Farmington, who edged No. 10 seed Winona 4-3. No. 3 seed Lakeville South swept 13th seeded Albert Lea Tuesday by a score of 7-0, and they advance to play No. 6 seed Owatonna, who defeated No. 11 seed Rochester John Marshall Tuesday by a score of 5-2.
Rochester CENTURY – 6, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH – 1,
No. 1 – Gracie Schmitt, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH def. Zoe Zhang, Rochester CENTURY , 2-6 , 4-6 , -;
No. 2 – Jasmine Yu, Rochester CENTURY def. Ella Nack, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-0 , 6-0 , -;
No. 3 – Tea McEachern, Rochester CENTURY def. Yazmine Huerta, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-0 , 6-1 , -;
No. 4 – Reetu Gurung, Rochester CENTURY def. Sophia Meyer, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 0-6 , 0-6 , -;
No. 1 – Sarah Nevenheim, Rochester CENTURY – Sarah Yilma, Rochester CENTURY def. Abby VanPelt, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH – Katie VanPelt, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 2-6 , 6-1 , 10-5 ;
No. 2 – Kaitlin Osburn, Rochester CENTURY – Ria Shah, Rochester CENTURY def. Seanna Kubas, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH – Jenna Hetzel, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-1 , 6-2 , -;
No. 3 – May Yu, Rochester CENTURY – Vivian Zheng, Rochester CENTURY def. Payton Nelson, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH – Claudia Slinden, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-0 , 6-4 , -;