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Clinton tennis players (from left) Tony Hurlburt, Vamsi Marla, Mitch Schumacher, Cody Nolan, Ryan Schroeder and Evan Hood pose with the trophy after winning the Clinton Invitational boys tennis tournament Saturday at the Ashford indoor tennis facility. Hood won the No. 2 singles title, Schumacher and Schroeder were the champions at No. 1 doubles and Hurlburt and Nolan won at No. 2 doubles.

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Herald Staff Report

Rainy weather pushed the Clinton Invitational boys tennis tournament inside to the Ashford indoor tennis facility on Saturday, but it didn't do much to slow down the host River Kings.

Clinton won three of four flights and won the tournament with 26 points, nine more than runner-up Muscatine. Bettendorf placed third with 15 points and Camanche was fourth with 12 points. Four other teams participated but did not score.

"I'm proud of this team," Clinton coach David Moore said. "We have been making strides toward improvement in certain areas. The players came out and executed just as they have been during practice."

The closest final of the tournament came at No. 2 singles between Clinton's Evan Hood and Camanche's Cole Atkinson. Those two advanced to the final with 8-4 wins over Bryce Brien of Bettendorf and Muscatine's Levi Wright, respectively.

Hood and Atkinson were tied at nine games apiece in a match that consisted of one set to 10 games, win by two. Hood won two games in a row to top Atkinson 11-9 and win the title at second singles.

"Evan Hood played a solid, consistent game," Moore said. "He gave away very few points on errors. At the same time, he calmly placed the ball down the line when he was attacked."

Clinton's top two players, Mitch Schumacher and Ryan Schroeder, combined to win the title at first doubles. The pair beat Camanche's Seth Boysen and Tanner Atkinson 8-2 in the semifinals to set up a final against Bettendorf's Forrest Campbell and Mike Porubcin.

The River Kings duo emerged with a 10-6 victory in the title match.

"Ryan and Mitch attacked the net," Moore said. "They got first serves in and are improving each day."

Clinton got its other victory from Cody Nolan and Tony Hurlburt at second doubles. The pair topped Alec Stahl and Lucas Thiede of Camanche 8-3 in the semifinals. Nolan and Hurlburt then took on Mississippi Athletic Conference foes Trey VanHemert and Connor McGriff of Muscatine in the finals.

The River King duo topped the Muskies pair 10-3 to give Clinton three of four flight titles.

"Cody and Tony played consistent from behind the court," Moore said. "They were aggressive at the net and had a great day."

Muscatine won the only title that Clinton didn't. Bryson Cale took the top spot in No.1 singles. He beat Bobbie Slavens of Bettendorf 10-3 in the finals.

Cale topped Camanche's top player, Brayton Rasche, 8-3 in the semifinals. Slavens beat Clinton's Vamsi Marla 8-0 in the semifinals at first singles.

"Vamsi Marla played hard against some very good players," Moore said. "He earned us some needed points."

Clinton, Camanche, Muscatine and Bettendorf swept all the spots in the semifinals, but the River Kings found the most success once there.

"This was a good day for the Clinton River Kings," Moore said. "We had good matchups. We didn't squander many points. We took advantage when there were openings."

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