CEDAR RAPIDS — Clinton’s entries finished with strong showings and identical placings at the Iowa Girls Class 2A State Tennis Tournament Friday.

Junior Ellen Russell wound up sixth in singles play, while junior Claire Cornilsen and senior Devvin Rolston were sixth in doubles.

Friday’s action began at Veterans Memorial Tennis Center, but was moved indoors later due to inclement weather.

Russell opened Friday’s consolation action by sailing past Haley Neiderhiser of Cedar Rapids Kennedy 6-0, 6-4.

Cornilsen and Rolston teamed up to win a thriller in the consolation semifinals, beating Laura Suh and Alisha Saigal of Pleasant Valley 7-5, 7-6 (3).

In a strange twist of fate, both River Queen entries then faced the same people they lost to in the opening round of the tournament Thursday.

In the fifth-place singles match, Frances Xin of Ames edged Russell 7-6 (7), 6-2.

Cornilsen and Rolston lost 6-4, 6-2 to fourth-seeded Evelyn Qin and Mandy Winkleblack, also of Ames.

“All of our girls played very well and showed great intensity,” said Clinton assistant coach Barb Brondyke. “Ellen was very smooth. She had a great first set with Xin — it lasted about an hour and 20 minutes. Both players played their hearts out.

“Devvin and Claire did great against the Pleasant Valley girls and won a tight match,” she continued. “They played very well against the Ames team in the first set, just like Thursday. They gave it their best.”

Brondyke said both entries accomplished goals.

“Devvin and Claire hadn’t played doubles together this year until regionals, so for them to come out here and place is great,” she said. “And Ellen finished higher than she did last year, which was a big goal for her.”

“We couldn’t be prouder of these three young ladies,” said Clinton coach Cindy Rasche. “Two sixth-places finishes at the state level is a good ending to a great year of tennis.

“A number of the other team members traveled with us and were great supporters along with our parent fans,” she continued. “ The girls played some of their best tennis to date. When one or three players do well, it is a reflection of the entire team.”