The Austin Packers girls tennis team kicked off the 2023 fall sports season for Austin High School with a triangular at Waseca Thursday, and their home opener versus Fairmont Friday, and it was the Packers splitting their two matches in Waseca Thursday, and falling to the Cardinals at the Wescott Athletic Complex Tennis Courts Friday 5-2.

In their first match Thursday versus the host Bluejays, it was the Packers falling to a strong Waseca squad by the score of 6-1.  Gracie Schmitt picked up the lone win for Austin at No. 1 singles as she downed Takya Schoenrock of the Bluejays in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2.  The No. 3 doubles team of Payton Nelson and Claudia Slinden battled the team of Ashton Jenzen and Esme Pearce for three sets, as Nelson and Slinden took the first set for the Packers by the score of 6-3, but Jenzen and Pearce came back to take the next two sets 6-2 and 11-9.

In their second match versus Tri-City United/Cleveland Thursday, the Packers rolled to a 6-1 win, as Gracie Schmitt picked up her second win of the day at No. 1 singles as she blew past Ellie Adams of the Titans by a score of 6-0, 6-0. Seanna Kubas at No. 2 singles for the Packers downed Reagan Steffen of Tri-City United/Cleveland 6-1, 6-2, Jenna Hetzel at No. 3 singles swept Lily Martin of the Titans in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1, and Sophia Meyer made it a clean sweep for the Packers in the singles matches as she downed Caleigh Hoefs of Tri-City/Cleveland 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4 singles.

In the doubles competition, the No. 1 team of Abby and Katie VanPelt for Austin swept the team of Anne Cooper and Destynee Wolff for the Titans in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, and the No. 3 doubles team of Payton Nelson and Claudia Slinden defeated Adison Schroer and Avery Lerfald of Tri-City/Cleveland, 6-1, 6-4.

In their home opener Friday, the Packers were felled by visiting Fairmont by the score of 5-2, as Gracie Schmitt earned win No. 3 on the young season as she outdueled Hope Klanderud of Fairmont 4-6, 6-3, 10-6, and the No. 1 doubles team of Abby and Katie VanPelt downed Madisyn Peyman and Brynn Gustafson of the Cardinals in three sets 5-7, 6-2, 10-5 for Austin’s other win in the match.  For the second time in two days, Austin’s No. 3 doubles team of Payton Nelson and Claudia Slinden battled for three sets but came up just short, as they dropped the first set to the Fairmont team of Clair Brockman and Carly Gustafson 6-4, rallied to take the second set 6-4, but fell in a tough third set by the score of 10-8.

The Packers are back into action next Tuesday, August 22nd as they travel to Rochester Mayo High School for a Big 9 Conference triangular with the host Spartans and Rochester John Marshall, with the action getting underway at 2:00 p.m.

WASECA SENIOR HIGH – 6, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH – 1,

Singles:
No. 1 – Gracie Schmitt, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH def. Takya Schoenrock, WASECA SENIOR HIGH, 6-2 , 6-2 , -;
No. 2 – Sarah Haley, WASECA SENIOR HIGH def. Seanna Kubas, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-2 , 6-4 , -;
No. 3 – Maddy Benson, WASECA SENIOR HIGH def. Jenna Hetzel, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-0 , 6-3 , -;
No. 4 – Vivian Mader, WASECA SENIOR HIGH def. Sophia Meyer, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-2 , 6-1 , -;

Doubles:
No. 1 – Mia Kanewischer, WASECA SENIOR HIGH – Elizabeth Roessler, WASECA SENIOR HIGH def. Abby VanPelt, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH – Katie VanPelt, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-3 , 7-6 (7), -;
No. 2 – Addie Pfeifer, WASECA SENIOR HIGH – Paige Dufault, WASECA SENIOR HIGH def. Ella Nack, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH – Isabelle Owens, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-4 , 6-4 , -;
No. 3 – Ashton Jenzen, WASECA SENIOR HIGH – Esme Pearce, WASECA SENIOR HIGH def. Payton Nelson, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH – Claudia Slinden, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 3-6 , 6-2 , 11-9 ;

Tri-City/Cleveland Co-op (GIRLS) – 1, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH – 6,

Singles:
No. 1 – Gracie Schmitt, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH def. Ellie Adams, Tri-City/Cleveland Co-op (GIRLS), 6-0 , 6-0 , -;
No. 2 – Seanna Kubas, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH def. Reagan Steffen, Tri-City/Cleveland Co-op (GIRLS), 6-1 , 6-2 , -;
No. 3 – Jenna Hetzel, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH def. Lily Martin, Tri-City/Cleveland Co-op (GIRLS), 6-0 , 6-1 , -;
No. 4 – Sophia Meyer, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH def. Caleigh Hoefs, Tri-City/Cleveland Co-op (GIRLS), 6-2 , 6-0 , -;

Doubles:
No. 1 – Abby VanPelt, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH – Katie VanPelt, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH def. Anne Cooper, Tri-City/Cleveland Co-op (GIRLS) – Destynee Wolff, Tri-City/Cleveland Co-op (GIRLS), 6-4 , 6-2 , -;
No. 2 – Alice Schroeder, Tri-City/Cleveland Co-op (GIRLS) – Becca Sladek, Tri-City/Cleveland Co-op (GIRLS) def. Ella Nack, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH – Isabelle Owens, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-1 , 6-4 , -;
No. 3 – Payton Nelson, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH – Claudia Slinden, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH def. Adison Schroer, Tri-City/Cleveland Co-op (GIRLS) – Avery Lerfald, Tri-City/Cleveland Co-op (GIRLS), 6-1 , 6-4 , -;

AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH – 2, Fairmont – 5,

Singles:
No. 1 – Gracie Schmitt, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH def. Hope Klanderud, Fairmont, 4-6 , 6-3 , 10-6 ;
No. 2 – Abigail Peyman, Fairmont def. Seanna Kubas, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-3 , 6-1 , -;
No. 3 – Elly Stegge, Fairmont def. Jenna Hetzel, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-2 , 6-2 , -;
No. 4 – Emelia Klanderud, Fairmont def. Sophia Meyer, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-0 , 6-3 , -;

Doubles:
No. 1 – Abby VanPelt, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH – Katie VanPelt, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH def. Madisyn Peyman, Fairmont – Brynn Gustafson , Fairmont, 5-7 , 6-2 , 10-5 ;
No. 2 – Ellie Plumhoff , Fairmont – Jaydan Moses, Fairmont def. Ella Nack, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH – Isabelle Owens, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-1 , 6-1 , -;
No. 3 – Claire Brockman, Fairmont – Carly Gustafson, Fairmont def. Payton Nelson, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH – Claudia Slinden, AUSTIN SENIOR HIGH, 6-4 , 4-6 , 10-8 ;

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