Austin v-ball gains homecourt win

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 28, 1999

The Austin Packer volleyball team gave their fans a nice home win Monday night.

Tuesday, September 28, 1999

The Austin Packer volleyball team gave their fans a nice home win Monday night. They defeated non-conference foe Waseca 15-2, 15-6, 15-9. It was the first home victory in three tries for the Packers. Austin (8-7, 1-2) looks to start a home winning string this evening when they host the always powerful Owatonna Huskies.

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Austin quickly ran through game one. Brooke Gentzler dominated the game with four kills and two ace serves. Austin took the ball to serve only seven times beginning with Lauren Feller and ending with Feller.

"We were all pretty focused and in control," Gentzler said. "Everything clicked and we got a chance to run some plays which was nice. Not knowing much about our opponent made us even more focused and we could go all out with our game and play at our level."

Austin coach Andrea Becker used a few more players from her bench in the second game which started out as a close affair. Austin was up 5-4 when Feller took serve for the second time in the game. Austin gained the side out on an ace block by Gentzler. Gentzler then scored three straight points with kills and got one more after that to go up 9-4. After another side out sophomore setter Ellie Ramseth scored another point on an ace serve. Ramseth picked up five aces on her eight serves in the contest. She almost had a sixth but her serve just skimmed the net.

Gentzler sat down towards the end of this game after slightly aggravating an injury to her right hand. Fellow co-captain Erin Coleman stepped her game up and led the bench players the rest of the match.

Getting some good playing time besides Ramseth were Jenny Krebsbach, Theresa Hirsch, Erin Lindgren, and Amanda Seibel.

"Everybody did a nice job," Becker said, "and it was nice to get a win at home."

Stats-wise Kelly Grimley had 15 set assists, Ramseth 10, and Gina Golberg six. Feller had eight digs and Grimley six. Gentzler was the leading attacker with nine, Feller and Coleman each had six.

If Austin comes focused and ready to play tonight it should be another enjoyable match at Austin High tonight.

"Last year’s match against Owatonna wasn’t pretty," Coleman said. "It was over in about 45 minutes, but we will be prepared this time."