Packers doubles team advances to section
NORTHFIELD — The top doubles duo from the Austin High boys tennis team advanced out of the subsection on Thursday and will play in the Section One, Class AA tournament next week.
A pair of singles players and two doubles teams from Northfield, Austin and Lakeville South were competing in the tournament event at Northfield High School.
Jacob Brehmer and Bob Astrup of Austin made it out of the subsection tournament by winning both of their matches. Brehmer and Astrup were the No. 2 seed in doubles and got a bye in the first round.
In the second round, they played the second doubles team from Northfield, Aaron Stets and Anders Carlson. Bremer and Astrup won a highly competitive match in straight sets at 6-4, 6-3.
After that win, the Austin boys moved to the finals and faced the No. 1 doubles team from Northfield. Scott Abdella and Bonus Bui from the Northfield Raiders were the top seeds, but lost to the Packers in straight sets.
"Our guys played an outstanding match to beat them 7-6 (7-5), 6-3," said Austin coach Tommy Tauchnitz of the tournament triumph.
"Bob and Jake played the best match of their high school careers to beat these guys. I'm very proud of both of them. They have worked so hard for this."
In other action at the subsection, two of the singles players and the No. 2 doubles team of the Packers also won their first match of the day.
Josh Detwiler and Matt Duren of Austin each won a match only to fall short in the semifinals in singles. Peter Lindahl and Matt Zastoupil also won their opening match in the doubles draw, but saw the season end in the semifinals.
Their big win on the court capped off a week of honors for the Packers top doubles team. Brehmer and Astrup, along with Lindahl, were selected to the All-Big Nine Conference team. Astrup and Ryan Rasell received the Big Nine Scholar Athletes award.
Brehmer and Astrup will now play in the section tournament on Tuesday to have a chance at advancing to the Class AA state meet. The Section 1AA meet will be held in Red Wing starting at 9 a.m.