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
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.
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.