AHS boys tennis aust 4-27 DONE

Domination in the doubles matches led the Austin Packers to a 4-3 win over Rochester John Marshall on Thursday at the Paulson Courts.

Peter Lindahl was the only winner for the Austin boys during the singles play in this Big Nine Conference dual meet. Lindahl didn’t lose a point in a straight-set win at No. 4 singles.

The Packers moved a few guys around and ended up sweeping the three doubles matches for the dual meet win.

Drew Halvin and Steve Mino teamed up at No. 1 doubles for the Packers and won in straight sets. David Wiebelhaus and Riley Ettinger continued their perfect season at No. 2 doubles as the Packers battled through another close match to make it five straight dual meet wins.

"JM has two of the best players in the conference at No. 1 and 2 singles, so we had to win the bottom singles match and sweep the doubles," Austin coach Josh Bendickson said. "The guys played well. Peter (Lindahl) won his biggest varsity match at No. 4 singles. Wiebelhaus/Ettinger remain undefeated at No. 2 doubles, and Mino/Halvin took the point at one doubles."


The decisive match came at No. 3 doubles and it was a wild one. The Austin duo of Ryan Urlick and Tony Anderson lost the first set of the match. They then rallied to win the second set and the third would be a back-and-forth affair. Finally, the Packers pulled out a 6-4 win and won the conference dual.

"Three of our last four matches have been decided by one, and Ryan Urlick has been on the court to clinch the final victory for us in all three matches," Bendickson said. "As a senior captain he’s had a lot of varsity doubles experience and is playing well and playing to win.

"It came down to No. 3 doubles where Urlick/Anderson were in a close third set. The team score was tied 3-3 and Urlick/Anderson were at 4-4 in the third set, when they made their move. They played two strong games to win the set, match, and meet for the Packers. The last two dual meets were huge wins, because Owatonna and JM are both in our conference and section."

Austin (6-2, 3-1) hosts Mankato East in another conference dual meet this afternoon at the Paulson Courts.


Singles — Francisco Andrezze (JM) def. Chris Zink 6-1, 6-0; Even Enquist (JM) def. John Register 6-0, 6-1; Tyler Shockwiler (JM) def. Rob Silbaugh 6-1, 6-4; Peter Lindahl (A) def. Matt Rothschild 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles — Drew Halvin/Steve Mino (A) def. Matt Raufianz/Andrew Bryan 6-4, 6-0; David Wiebelhaus/Riley Ettinger (A) def. Josh Reitz/Thonh Troujlaj 6-2 6-1; Ryan Urlick/Tony Anderson (A) def. Reed Martin/Jon Funiseth 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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