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Packers return to winning ways on the tennis court

Post-Bulletin, Austin MN

The Austin Packers girls tennis team rebounded after a tough loss to Owatonna last week by beating Faribault 7-0 on Tuesday at Wescott Field.

The Austin girls swept all of their matches in straight sets over the Faribault Falcons in the Big Nine Conference dual meet at the Paulson Courts. Setting the pace for the Packers was Autumn Jurgensen at No. 2 singles, who beat Laureen Piper of the Falcons without giving up a game in either set.

"Everyone was really hungry after our tough loss and we showed that in this dual," Austin coach Tom Tauchnitz said. "As a team we only lost 10 games total. We did a great job of staying focused on our matches. So many times when we play competition that tends to be a little weaker, we have a tendency to play to their level. Not today with this big win."

Austin improves to 7-1 overall on the season. The Packers travel to Albert Lea on Thursday for a big rivalry match with the Tigers.

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AUSTIN 7, FARIBAULT 0

Singles — Hanna Middlebrook (A) def. Laura Fort 6-1, 6-2; Autumn Jurgensen (A) def. Laureen Piper 6-0, 6-0; Catherine Wagner (A) def. Nora Simonson 6-0, 6-1; Nina Carney (A) def. Nicole Borwege 6-0, 6-0. Doubles — Kathryn Gavin/Gretchen Hebrink (A) def. Katherine Beckmann/Heidi Rossow 6-1, 6-1; Laura Astrup/Jenni Fisher (A) def. Desiree Cabellero/Emily Mueller 6-1, 6-3; Kira Potach/Sophie Hebrink (A) def. Brianna Kern/Liz Fritz 6-0, 6-0.

Report compiled by Scott Kolb

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