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Clinton’s Tony Hurlburt makes a backhand return during his doubles match against Davenport North on Thursday at Max Lynn Courts. Hurlburt and Cody Nolan moved up to No. 1 doubles and won 6-1, 6-1 to help the River Kings to a 9-0 victory.

Kurt Ritzman/Clinton Herald
Assistant Sports Editor

Mitch Shumacher set the tone at first singles for a 9-0 dominant Clinton win over Davenport North in Mississippi Athletic Conference boys tennis Thursday.

Schumacher dropped just six points in a 27-minute 6-0, 6-0 win over Duy Nguyen.

“My goal was to be very businesslike,” Schumacher said. “Do my job and get my one (team) point for the day.”

No. 2 singles player and Schumacher’s doubles partner, Ryan Schroeder, missed the match because of illness, so Schumacher watched his teammates sweep the doubles competition, with the Nos. 2, 3 and 4 doubles teams all moving up a spot.

Schumacher hit 16 unreturnable serves in the match, including two aces.

“Coach told me to work on body serves, which is spinning the ball into their body and making the opponent move out of the way,” Schumacher said. “I was really focused on doing that.”

Schumacher also won several points that were set up by his body serves.

“I think it worked pretty well,” he said. “He either left something short that I could take advantage of or he didn’t return it.”

Kevin Claussen who moved into the lineup at No. 6 singles because of Schroeder’s illness, also blanked his opponent. He beat Will Greer 6-0, 6-0.

“I thought we played pretty well,” Clinton coach David Moore said. “It was a team that we probably outmatched a bit, but we played at a high caliber.”

Cody Nolan and Tony Hurlburt moved up to first doubles to take on Nguyen and Kent Bui.

After winning the first set 6-1, the River Kings pair dropped the opening game of the second set. Nolan and Hurlburt rebounded and won the next six games in a row to win the match.

Hurlburt served the closing game and Clinton was down 0-40 but rolled off four points in a row to finish the match.

“I wanted to see what they all did against higher competition,” Moore said. “I thought they all played well. Unfortunately Ryan was sick. Sometimes when you’re missing a player everyone else steps up to the challenge. They did that.”


Singles — Mitch Schumacher (C) def. Duy Nguyen 6-0, 6-0; Vamsi Marla (C) def. Jordan McGinnis 6-3, 6-1; Evan Hood (C) def. Kent Bui 6-0, 6-4; Tony Hurlburt (C) def. Austen Kiel 6-4, 6-1; Cody Nolan (C) def. Donald Walk 6-1, 6-2; Kevin Claussen (C) def. Will Greer 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles — Nolan/Hurlburt (C) def. Nguyen/Bui 6-1, 6-1; Claussen/Marla (C) def. McGinnis/Kiel 6-2, 6-0; Hood/Saad Ansari (C) def. Jacob Warner/Nathan Marks 6-1, 6-2.

Junior varsity — Clinton 15, Davenport North 3.

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