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AUSTIN EDITION Packers lose match on the road

Decorah hands Austin first loss of the season

DECORAH, Iowa -- Austin suffered its first loss of the season in boys tennis with a 7-2 road setback to Decorah, Iowa, on Thursday.

The Packers had opened the season with a victory.

"I was disappointed today," Austin coach Josh Bendickson said. "Decorah was bearable. We were missing the Binder brothers (Mike and David) which forced our singles players to move up a spot."

The Packers also had to adjust to Iowa tennis, which features six singles matches and three doubles teams. Minnesota rules use four singles matches and three doubles teams.

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"Players are allowed to play twice (once in singles and doubles) like in college," Bendickson said. "It's a good system. High school tennis players can definitely benefit from playing both singles and doubles. Where as in Minnesota most players are usually tracked toward singles or doubles, not both."

Luke Green at No. 4 singles and Kyler Green at No. 6 singles collected the wins for the Packers. The three doubles matches were played to 10 games instead of the best of three sets.

"I'm impressed with the way a number of guys are playing but we need to seriously focus on some mental aspects of the game," Bendickson said. "We have a rematch against Decorah in two weeks. I think a number of our guys will be looking forward to a second chance. "

The Packers (1-1) are now off until next Thursday in Winona.

DECORAH 7, AUSTIN 2

Singles -- Isak White (D) def. Dolan Wagner 6-2, 7-5; Brad Crowfalud (D) def. Andy Sundal 7-6 (7-2), 6-0; Quinn Thompson (D) def. Tyler Hansen 6-2, 6-2; Luke Green (A) def. Nick Holtan 7-6 (7-3), 7-5; Mitch Emerson (D) def. Jack Lynch 6-2, 7-5; Kyler Green (A) def. Jared Salrim 4-6, 6-1, 6-2. Doubles -- Crowfalud/Thompson (D) def. Sundal/L.Green 10-3; White/Emerson (D) def. Wagner/K.Green 10-6; Salrim/Gilbertson (D) def. Hansen/Lynch 11-9.

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