Herald Staff Report
CLINTON — Camanche capped an 8-1 victory against Clinton with an exciting win at No. 1 doubles Tuesday in girls tennis at Max Lynn Courts.
“This is a good victory going into regionals,” Camanche coach Erin Montgomery said. The Indians (9-0) face Marion at 9 a.m. Saturday in regional competition at Camanche, with the winner facing Maquoketa at 1 p.m.
The Indians’ combination of Ashtyn Dixon and Tiana Bark, who finished second in the Class 1A state tournament last spring, needed to win a long tiebreaker to come out on top 11-10 (13-11) against Clinton’s duo of Julia Vodislav and Sarah Massey, who had won the Mississippi Athletic Conference title the day before.
“Clinton had an early lead, but then the teams hit 6-6 and they bounced back and forth,” Clinton coach Cindy Rasche. “The tiebreaker was the same as the nip-and-tuck set.”
The River Queens took the early lead in the tiebreaker before the Indians came back.
“Ashtyn and T really battled back from behind to defeat Vodislav and Massey,” Camanche coach Erin Montgomery said. “They could have easily given up at 3-6 in the tiebreaker, but they were determined to get the victory.”
Camanche (9-0) also won close matches at Nos. 1 and 4 singles.
At No. 1, two-time 1A state champion Chelsea Moore edged Vodislav, the MAC singles champion at No. 1, 10-8.
“Julia Vodislav ... played a great match with Chelsea Moore, who hadn’t had much in the way of competition since the Camanche Invite,” said Rasche, Moore’s mother. “Julia’s confidence was there, and she was off to a great start to the match.”
At No. 4, Camanche’s Lindsey Nissen beat Jenny Vens 10-7.
Despite the loss, Rasche said the competitive match was good for her team, which also hosts a team regional Saturday.
“It’s great to play good competition right before regionals start,” Rasche said. “Clinton has really grown from the start of the season to now. We’ll be peaking at the right time if we continue to grow as players.”
No. 1 — Chelsea Moore (Cam) def. Julia Vodislav 10-8; No. 2 — Ashtyn Dixon (Cam) def. Megan Determan 10-0; No. 3 — Tiana Bark (Cam) def. Sarah Massey 10-3; No. 4 — Lindsey Nissen (Cam) def. Jenny Vens 10-7; No. 5 — Jalynn Deering (Cam) def. Megan Goetzl 10-2; No. 6 — Allison Howard (Cli) def. Jenna Paysen 10-4.
No. 1 — Dixon/Bark (Cam) def. Vodislav/Massey 11-10 (13-11); No. 2 — Moore/Callie Reppert (Cam) def. Determan/Meggie Buikema 10-3; No. 3 — Nissen/Deering (Cam) def. Goetzl/Vens 10-4.
Herald Staff Report