CLINTON — The Clinton tennis team faced Muscatine at Max Lynn Tennis Complex on Thursday where it was a tale of two duals. The girls’ team won 9-0 over the Muskies while the River Kings fell 8-1.
Queens sail in sweep
In the six singles matches, not only did every River Queens refuse to drop a set, the half dozen players all won their first sets 6-0. The fourth through sixth players lost games in the second set, but did not face much trouble against the Muskies.
The top three players — Griffin Rasche, Jordan Nelson, Samantha Brisch — kept their opponents silent winning 6-0, 6-0 in their matches.
In doubles play, all three River Queen pairs won in stressless form, including Gabby Haan and Shannon Shovlain teaming together to win 6-1, 6-1.
“Our seniors always displayed good leadership, and everyone played to their role,” Clinton coach Cindy Rasche said.
Clinton coach Jonathan Mitchell knows what the scoreboard read on Thursday, but he was wanting to look past that.
“When you look at the box score you’ll see that Muskie beat Clinton 8-1 and there were 5 marathon matches that went 3 sets,” Mitchell said. “If you were at the courts, you saw the best tennis played so far this season by the River Kings.”
The lone win for the River Kings came from the doubles pairing of Alec Picola and Cyrus Colah as they defeated Blake Eller and Ben Morgan 6-3, (5-7), 6-4.
Colah also won the first set in his singles match before losing 7-5, 3-6, 3-6. Colin Nelson also came out on top in his first set before losing the final two.
CLINTON 9, MUSCATINE 0
Singles — Griffin Rasche (C) def. Haley Steele, 6-0, 6-0; Jordan Nelson (C) def. Anna Garvin 6-0, 6-0; Samantha Brisch (C) def. Mariah Steele 6-0, 6-0; Gabby Haan (C) def. Sarah Stellman 6-0, 6-3; Shannon Shovlain (C) Melissa Burzlass 6-0, 6-1; Riley Hubbart (C) def. Faith Hendrichs 6-0, 6-1.
Doubles — Rasche/Nelson (C) def. H. Steele/Stellman 6-1, 6-0; Brisch/Hubbart (C) def. Garvin/Hendrichs 6-1, 6-0; Haan/Shovlain (C) def. M. Steele/Sarah Roebel 6-1, 6-1.
MUSCATINE 8, CLINTON 1
Singles — Trey Van Hemert (M) def. Evan Hood 6-3, 6-3; Stan Freilinger (M) def. Cyrus Colah 5-7, 6-3, 6-3; Blake Eller (M) def. Sameer Ansari 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; Ben Morgan (M) def. Connor Nolan 6-3, 6-4; Sam Garvin (M) def. Alec Pilola 6-3, 7-6; Olsen (M) def. Colin Nelson 4-6, 7-6, 7-5.
Doubles — Van Hemert/Freilinger (M) def. Hood/Colah 6-0, 6-0; Pilola/Colah (C) def. Eller/Morgan 6-3, 5-7, 6-4; Garvin/Kaste (M) def. Ansari/Nelson 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.