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Volleyball: Falcons sweep Packers

The Austin volleyball team had some second set struggles as it lost to Faribault by scores of 25-20, 25-7, 25-21 in Packer Gym Thursday.

Austin (3-10 overall, 0-3 Big Nine) rode a six-point serving run by Teddi Eisenberg to get within 18-17 in the first set and it led 8-3 early in the final set. But the second set was a different story as the Falcons (4-8 overall, 1-2 Big Nine) jumped out to a 17-5 lead.

Austin’s Teddi Eisenberg hits in game three against Faribault Tuesday night in Packer Gym. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Austin’s Teddi Eisenberg hits in game three against Faribault Tuesday night in Packer Gym. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

“We weren’t attacking the ball and we weren’t being aggressive [in the second set],” Austin head coach Cindy Owen said. “We were sitting back on our heels and we weren’t talking. There was a lot that went wrong in that second set. We battled in the first and third set. We just need to stay really consistent.”

Amber Hansen had eight kills in the loss for Austin and Hannah Rasmussen had 16 digs. Rasmussen has stepped in at libero for the Packers, who recently lost setter Lauryn Bell to injury.

Austin’s Jordyn McCormack hits during game one against Faribault Tuesday night in Packer Gym. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Austin’s Jordyn McCormack hits during game one against Faribault Tuesday night in Packer Gym. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

“I thought Hannah Rasmussen did a very nice job tonight,” Owen said. “She’s trying to read the ball off the blockers and she’s picking things up.”

Austin stats: Teddi Eisenberg, 7 kills; Awenia Nywesh, 6 points serving, 4 set assists; Kylie Dechaine, 5 points serving; Lauryn Peterson, 1 point serving, 1 kill; Amber Hansen, 8 kills; Jordyn McCormack, 2 kills; Hannah Rasmussen, 16 digs

Austin’s Amber Hansen puts a block on Faribault’s Elana Palmer during game one Tuesday night in Packer Gym. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com

Austin’s Amber Hansen puts a block on Faribault’s Elana Palmer during game one Tuesday night in Packer Gym. Eric Johnson/photodesk@austindailyherald.com