The Austin Packers girls tennis team garnered the Number 10 seed in the Section 1AA girls tennis tournament and traveled to Rochester Tuesday to take on the Number 7 seeded John Marshall Rockets in first round action. The Rockets were able to advance to play Number 2 seeded Lakeville South as they defeated the Packers 7-0.
All of the wins for John Marshall were in straight sets except for third doubles, where Rachel Christenson and Jadyn Moriarity battled for three sets but fell to Gretchen Niglow and Grace Abdelkarim of the Rockets 6-0, 6-7, 10-7.
The Packers finish the team portion of their schedule with a record of 2-11.
In volleyball, Austin was on the road at Faribault to tangle with the Falcons in a Big 9 Conference matchup, and it was the Packers taking the first set 25-19, but the Falcons regrouped and swept the next three sets 25-21, 25-15 and 25-14 to take the match.
AJ Richard paced the Packer offense by putting up 29 set assists, and she also added an ace serve and eight digs. Jordyn McCormack tallied 10 kills, an ace serve and 19 digs, while Lexi Stitch and Erica Lundberg each added six kills, and Lundberg chipped in 16 digs as well. Avery Thompson contributed five kills and seven digs for the Packers, who fall to 1-5 in the Big 9 Conference and 8-9 overall.
Austin is back in action on the road Thursday evening at Owatonna, with a start time of 7:00 p.m.
In soccer action at Art Hass Stadium, the Austin Packers played their last regular season home match Tuesday evening against Northfield, and it was Maddy Ims and Regan Childress tallying the only goals of the match in a 2-0 shutout for the Raiders.
The Packers are now 5-9 overall on the season and 4-6 in the Big 9 Conference. Their next game will be on the road Thursday evening against Rochester Century, with kickoff set for 7:00 p.m.
In boys soccer action, the top two teams in the Big 9 Conference squared off in Northfield as the Raiders played host to Austin, and it was the Packers taking another step toward their third straight conference title by playing to a 1-1 draw.
Julio Hernandez Espindola tallied on a penalty kick in the 26th minute after Henry Tolbert was tripped in the box to give the Packers a 1-0 lead, but the Raiders tied the match at 1 on a penalty kick of their own in the 60th minute.
The Packers remain unbeaten in conference play at 8-0-2, and a win or a draw against Rochester Century Thursday evening at Art Hass Stadium would clinch the title outright for Austin.
Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening.
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