Packer tennis team wins two of three at Austin Invite

Published 5:57 pm Sunday, August 24, 2008

The Austin girls tennis team won two out of its three matches at the Austin Invite Saturday at Paulson and Ellis tennis courts.

In the first match Austin (4-1 overall) handily defeated Winona Cotter 6-1, then they lost to Andover 4-3 and beat New Ulm 6-1. 

Andover returned nine girls from last year’s team and added a tremendous No. 1 singles player.

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A highlight of the New Ulm match was a hard fought victory for the No. 2 doubles team of Kira Potach and Sam Brucker, who avoided another super tiebreaker by winning a regular tiebreaker to close out the second set. Brucker and Potach did have to go to a super tiebreaker in the match with Andover which they won 10-8. They closed out the day 3-0 as did Kathryn Gavin at No. 2 singles to lead Austin on the day.

Austin 6 ,Winona Cotter 1


No. 1 Hanna Middlebrook (A) def. Allie Gernes (WC) 6-0 6-0

No. 2 Kathryn Gavin (A) def. Erica Hengel (WC) 6-0 6-2

No. 3 Nina Carney (A) def. Val Mahlke (WC) 6-0 6-3

No. 4 Jillian Wunderlich (WC) def. Natalie Swan(A) 3-6 7-5 (11-9)


No. 1 Laura Astrup/Sophie Hebrink (A) def. Chelsey Brosig/Molly Blesanz (WC) 6-3 6-1

No. 2 Kira Potach/Sam Brucker (A) def. Emily Brom/Sami Giaquinto (WC) 6-1 6-0

No. 3 Mary Kate Barinka/Katlyn Orcutt (A) def. Katie Conover/Morgan Holien (WC) 6-1 6-1

Andover 4, Austin 3

No. 1 Faith Lee (And) def. Hanna Middlebrook (A) 6-1 7-5

No. 2 Kathryn Gavin (A) def. Heidi Zirkle (And) 6-0 6-2

No. 3 Jill Britz (And) def. Nina Carney (A) 6-2 6-2

No. 4 Natalie Swann (A) def. Katie Capp (And) 6-4 6-4


No. 1 Amanda Olsen/Katie Johnson (And) def. Astrup/Hebrink (A) 6-2 6-1

No. 2 Potach/ Hebrink (A) def. Lauren Ganter/Anna Ganter (And) 6-2 4-6 (10-8)

No. 3Kristen Ross/Chelsie Palbicki (And) def. Barinka/Orcutt (A) 6-3 6-1

Austin 6, New Ulm 1


No. 1 Hanna Midlebrook (A) def. Sarah Moudal (NU) 6-3 6-1

No. 2 Kathryn Gavin (A) def. Molin Backlund (NU) 6-1 6-0

No. 3 Meghan King (NU) def. Nina Carney (A) 6-3 6-3

No. 4 Natalie Swan (A) def. Hannah Stark (NU) 6-1 6-1


No. 1 Astrup/Hebrink (A) def. Alexa Forstner/Trisha Johnson (NU) 6-1 6-1

No. 2 Brucker/Potach (A) def. Miranda Zigman/Anna Laitinen (NU) 6-4 7-6(7-5)

No. 3 Barinka/Orcutt (A) def. Miranda Zigmen/Anna Laitinen (NU) 6-0 6-2