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AUSTIN EDITION Packers pick up first win

Austin finishes seventh at JM Invitational

ROCHESTER -- The Austin girls won their first volleyball match of the season on Saturday and took seventh-place at the John Marshall Invitational.

Although they lost all three of their matches in pool play, the Austin Packers played competitively throughout the tournament.

This effort paid off with their first win of the season in the next round. The Packers captured seventh with a 25-4, 25-6 win over Minneapolis Roosevelt.

In pool play, Kasson-Mantorville defeated Austin 25-20, 25-20 in the first match of the day. St. Charles then defeated Austin by scores of 25-13, 25-17.

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The third match of pool play brought forth the best effort of the afternoon from the Packers. It was Austin against Albert Lea and it turned into a three-game battle. Albert Lea outlasted Austin 25-17, 23-25, 15-13, and then went on to win the tournament.

"It was fun match to watch and good rivalry against Albert Lea," Austin coach Darica Schneider said. "They took first in the tourney, so we played very well against them.

"Our girls did a really nice job and we almost pulled it out in a close third game. That match gave us a lot of momentum and we went on to get the first win under our belt."

Statistics for Austin over the four games included: Rebekah Aase 8 ace blocks, Jolene Brody 20 digs, 30 perfect serve receives; Brooke Monson 6 ace serves, 32 kills, 7 ace blocks; Jenny Ball 19 set assists; and Ellen Ettinger 19 set assists.

"Our setters did a nice job, and we played well offensively in this tournament," Schneider said. "That was the best part of our win; it came as a collaborative effort with every girl playing and they were all part of it. We had a good day and the girls had a good time on the court.

"We communicated well and hustled in every match. We didn't get blown out in any match, and were competitive against some good teams. Now, we need to go on a winning streak."

Austin (1-14) plays a non-conference match Monday at Waseca.

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