Herald Staff Report
The Clinton Herald
---- — CLINTON — Clinton swept the singles matches, winning three of them in the third set, to beat Dubuque Senior 6-0 on Saturday in pre-substate boys tennis team competition at Max Lynn Courts.
“I am extremely proud of this team,” Clinton coach David Moore said. “We have dealt with adversity and disappointment at times and have responded by getting better. No coach has a better group of classy young individuals than I do.”
The River Kings moved on and will play Cedar Falls in the substate semifinals next Saturday at Cedar Rapids Kennedy. The winner of that dual will face the winner of the Marion Linn-Mar vs. Cedar Rapids Washington match for the right to advance to the state semifinals.
“We played a tough team and had to battle, but the players really played hard and came through on the big points to advance to the final 16 teams in Iowa,” Clinton coach David Moore said.
Tony Hurlburt had the easiest time for the River Kings, winning 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. Jacob Kruse (No. 1) and Ryan Schroeder (No. 2) also won in straight sets. Cody Nolan (No. 3), Evan Hood (No. 5) and Vamsi Marla (No. 6) each had to win the third set after splitting the first two. Marla had an especially close match, winning 6-7, 7-6, 7-6.
“Tony played some awesome tennis in the wind,” Moore said. “Ryan and Jacob were solid, and Evan, Vamsi and Cody played clutch third sets.”
Camanche girls ousted
CAMANCHE — Defending Class 1A team state champion Camanche was knocked off Saturday in the first round of girls team regional play. Davenport Assumption won the first two doubles matches to clinch a 5-3 victory against the Indians, avenging a recent loss.
The Knights then added a 5-0 victory against Maquoketa to advance to next Saturday’s regional semifinals against Marion.
Assumption, which used a strong second day in a bid to win the Mississippi Athletic Conference title last week before taking third, got a key win at No. 1 singles. Haley Resnick defeated 2012 Class 1A state runner-up Kylie Vogel 7-5, 7-5.
The Indians got singles wins from Taylor Bialas (No. 2), Lindsey Grams (No. 3) and Maddie Parker (No. 6) to go into doubles tied 3-3. Resnick and Jamie White combined to beat Vogel and Grams 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (8), while Mary Kate O’Donnell and Christine Rohlf won at No. 3 to give the Knights the victory.
“I don’t think we had the mental toughness to pull through when we needed to, because all six girls showed they are capable of beating each of these girls last week,” Camanche coach Erin Montgomery said. “Today wasn’t our day.
“Lindsey and Parker did a great job of getting off the court quick with wins, and Taylor fought off a good comeback from White.”
The Indians return to action today with a makeup meet against Cedar Rapids Xavier, then go to individual regionals Thursday at Assumption.
“We still have a chance to get some girls through individually,” Montgomery said. “We will see how well the girls respond to this tough loss on Thursday.”
CLINTON 6, DUBUQUE SENIOR 0
Singles — Jacob Kruse (C) def. Gabe Mozena 6-3, 6-4; Ryan Schroeder (C) def. Gus Zuccaro 6-4, 6-0; Cody Nolan (C) def. Jacob Mozena 6-1, 4-6, 6-4; Tony Hurlburt (C) def. Noah Mozena 6-0, 6-1; Evan Hood (C) def. Andy Salwolke 3-6, 6-4, 6-2; Vamsi Marla (C) def. Johnny Dohrner 6-7, 7-6, 7-6.
Doubles — Not played (match was clinched).
DAVENPORT ASSUMPTION 5, CAMANCHE 3
Singles — Haley Resnick (DA) def. Kylie Vogel 7-5, 7-5; Taylor Bialas (C) def. Jamie White 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (7); Lindsey Grams def. Hailey Schneden 6-1, 6-1; Kate Fennelly (DA) def. Brett Hilgendorf 6-4, 6-0; Mary Kate O’Donnell (DA) def. Nicole Nielsen 6-2, 3-6, 1-0 (3); Maddie Parker (C) def. Christine Rohlf 7-5, 6-3.
Doubles — Resnick/White (DA) def. Vogel/Grams (C) 6-2, 1-6, 1-0 (8); No. 2 did not finish; O’Donnell/Rohlf (DA) def. Parker/Bailey Mensinger 6-1, 6-2.