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May 8, 2013

River Queens remain on top

(Continued)

Shovlain said last year’s seniors were a good group to follow.

“I watched the seniors last year and saw what to do,” she said. “Cindy has been telling us for a long time we’d need to step up. For me, it was a big change from JV to varsity. I thought it would be a big difference. I guess I just stepped up my level of play.”

She and Brisch stepped up in a tough moment Tuesday, too. Forced to play a super tiebreaker after splitting the first two sets with Bettendorf for the No. 3 doubles title, the Queens watched a 4-2 lead turn into a Bettendorf lead, then a tie at 8 before they pulled out the final two points.

“We wanted to finish strong,” Shovlain said. “We had to refocus ourselves.”

Clinton’s two singles champions had it a bit easier. But both beat Bettendorf players in the finals, so their wins were huge.

Haan defeated Penny Constantinou 6-2, 6-3 at No. 5.

“I feel like since I won in singles, I’m more a part of it,” Haan said, comparing this year’s title with last year’s.

Vidal, who played No. 5 last year and No. 3 most of this season, defeated Dana Waterman of Bettendorf 6-3, 6-3 in the final at No. 2.

“I think what really helped was when I had short balls, I approached the net and put them away,” Vidal said.

MISSISSIPPI ATHLETIC CONFERENCE MEET

Team standings

1. Clinton 19.5; 2. Bettendorf 17; 3. Davenport Assumption 16.5; 4. Pleasant Valley 11.5; 5. Davenport Central 3.5; 6. Muscatine 2.5; 7. (tie) Burlington, North Scott 2; 9. Davenport North 1; 10. Davenport West .5.

Individual results

No. 1 singles

Championship -- Katie Melbourne (PV) def. Haley Resnick (DA) 6-1, 6-3. Third place -- Griffin Rasche (Clin) def. Emma Shie (DC) 8-4.

No. 2 singles

Championship -- Rubina Vidal (Clin) def. Dana Waterman (Bet) 6-3, 6-3. Third place -- Jamie White (DA) def. Sarah Huber (PV) 8-3.

No. 3 singles

Championship -- Haley Bankson (Bet) def. Jordan Nelson (Clin) 6-4, 6-1. Third place -- Hailey Schneden (DA) def. Stephanie Bramer (PV) 8-2.

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