Packers lose close net battle in season finale

WINONA — The Austin boys tennis team finished the regular season with a 4-3 loss to Winona on Thursday in a Big Nine Conference dual meet.

Drew Halvin was the only Austin singles player to win a match in the dual meet. Halvin won handily in straight set at No. 1 singles. Steve Mino of Austin won the first set of his match at No. 4 singles, but then lost the next two sets.

"Winona remains the second seed in the section with the win," Austin coach Josh Bendickson said. "Halvin rolled through his match and has a 6-1 record in the conference at No. 1 singles. He’s done a nice job of stepping up in the No. 1 spot this season.

"It’s tough to lose a close one. We’ve had five matches determined by one point this season and have been fortunate enough to win three of them. Austin and Winona match up pretty well, so we hope we get a few more chances at them at the conference meet."

The Austin Packers won two of the three doubles matches on the day. David Wiebelhaus and Riley Ettinger won in straight sets at No. 2 doubles. Tony Anderson and Brad Weiss of Austin won in three sets at No. 3 doubles.


"Win their win, Weibelhaus and Ettinger move to 7-1 in the conference and will also look to get seeded at the tournament," Bendickson said. "Though the meet was already decided, Weiss and Anderson played an outstanding match at three doubles.

"They split sets and faced three match points in the third set. They handled the pressure well and went on to take advantage of their first match point winning the third set tie-breaker 8-6. Winona had their No. 1 singles player at three doubles which also makes this a unique accomplishment."

Austin finishes the regular season at 8-5 overall and 5-4 in the conference. The Packers travel to Rochester for the Big Nine Meet on Saturday.


Singles — Drew Halvin (A) def. Ben Knuesel 6-1, 6-1; Kyle Martin (W) def. Chris Zink 6-1, 6-2; Noah Short (W) def. Ryan Urlick 6-1, 6-2; Jay Moran (W) def. Steve Mino 6-7, 6-3, 6-1. Doubles — Jon Savnik/Erik Chapman (W) def. John Register/Peter Lindahl 6-3, 6-3; David Wiebelhaus/Riley Ettinger (A) def. Peter Degalier/Kyle Swanson 6-4, 7-5; Tony Anderson/Brad Weiss (A) def. Andy Schwab/Tony Pham 6-4, 5-7, 7-6.

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