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Packers score a sweep over Wingers

The Austin volleyball team found a much needed boost a of positivity when it swept Red Wing by scores of 25-23, 25-17, 25-21 in Packer Gym Tuesday.

The Packers (9-10 overall, 2-6 Big Nine) had lost nine of their last 10 matches going into the match against the Wingers (7-18 overall, 0-9 Big Nine), but they came out hitting in each of the games.

Avery Thompson and Erica Lundberg each finished with 12 kills in the match and Kyra Walters added seven kills.

Austin’s Erica Lundberg blocks Red Wing’s Hallie Roschen in Packer Gym Tuesday. Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

“We needed this one so bad. We’ve been talking about it for so long,” said Lundberg, who added 14 digs. “We just had to stay positive. Sometimes when we get into a little rut, we stop communicating and we don’t play together as a team. Tonight I thought that we really did better at staying positive and not getting down on ourselves.”

Lexi Stich had a kill to seal the win for the Packers in game one and Erica Lundberg had a key kill to make it a 24-21 Austin lead in the final game.

The Packers trailed the second game 10-6, but they scored 15 of the last 26 points to run away with it.

“We knew we needed to stay intense and finish the game. There’s still room for improvement, but we did a better job of finishing,” Austin head coach Lauren Cost said. “I think we’ve got some great offensive weapons, which is great for us. There is still room for improvement, but we did a nice job of hitting in our system.”

Austin’s Kyra Walters goes up for a hit against Red Wing in Packer Gym Tuesday. Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com

Austin stats: Erica Lundberg, 12 kills, 14 digs, 2 aces; Avery Thompson, 12 kills, 6 digs, 2 aces; Jordyn McCormack, 6 kills, 8 digs; Kyra Walters, 7 kills; Lexi Stich, 5 kills; Madisyn Retterath, 16 digs, 3 aces; AJ Richard, 36 set assists, 8 digs, 2 kills, 1 ace

The Austin volleyball team celebrates a point scored against Red Wing in Packer Gym Tuesday. Rocky Hulne/sports@austindailyherald.com