The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


April 28, 2014

River Queens defend home court

CLINTON — The scoreboard may not have shown it Saturday, but Clinton’s leading tennis player, Griffin Rasche, tried to do nearly everything she could to become the No. 1 singles champion.

She fell to Davenport Assumption’s Haley Resnick, but as a team, the River Queens remained unbeaten by winning the Clinton Invitational by 13 points.

Resnick, the defending Class 1A singles state champion, defeated Rasche 8-4 in the singles championship. Leading up to that, Rasche defeated teammate Milika Hsaranova 8-0, then knocked off Karrah Davis from Dubuque Hempstead 8-3.

“She works harder than anyone in practice,” Clinton coach Cindy Rasche said. “She has been a great senior role model for other kids in our program.”

Winning didn’t transfer in doubles for Rasche or her partner, Jordan Nelson. Rasche and Nelson were ranked second in the premier doubles division, and they were eliminated in the second round by the No. 3-seeded Waterloo Columbus duo Maggie Weber and Lauren McManus.

Nelson also lost in the No. 2 singles division as the top-seeded player to Davenport Assumption’s Jamie White 8-0 after getting a bye in the first round, then defeating Morgan Streff of Dubuque Hempstead 9-7.

“She just needs to work on her mental game,” coach Rasche said. “She’s working hard and battling through it the best she can.”

Avan Colah also lost to White 8-1 in first-round play in the No. 2 division, but despite the loss, Rasche likes the type of player Colah is.

“She has beautiful topspin on her shots,” Rasche said. “She also has a huge forehand that she’s comfortable using anytime she wants to, and it’s definitely her strongest weapon.”

Samantha Brisch came out on top in the third division by defeating McManus 8-4. Brisch had the top seed, and because of it, she also had bye along with a win over Dubuque Hempstead’s Syd Connolly 8-2.

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