CLINTON– The Clinton River Queens were ousted by the Pleasant Valley Spartans once more on the tennis courts, and they ended as the Mississippi Athletic Conference runner-ups on Tuesday after the second day of the tournament wrapped up.
The tournament, originally scheduled to take place at North Scott again, was moved to the River Cities Tennis Association's indoor complex in Clinton due to inclement weather.
The Spartans swept doubles flights and had all but one win in singles to take the MAC crown. Still, the Queens put up a fight against them this time around.
Clinton had just one team fighting for the doubles title, and that was Kaylee Camp and Abby Struble at No. 1 doubles. The two came back after the first set to tie it and then went to the tie breaker before falling.
"It's always great to see the huge improvements from the last time they met," Clinton head coach Cindy Rasche said. "[We had] a slow start but then we came on strong in the second set with our net play and how hard we could drive the ball."
The pair of Lanie Schmitz and Lacy Pickney, along with the pair of Makenzie Lange and Kylie Housenga both placed third overall in their doubles brackets.
Camp also fell in the No. 1 singles championship match, but improved her score from the last time she met PV, falling 6-3, 6-4 to Kayla Nutt.
In fact, that was one of the goals for the Queens. Clinton was swept by Pleasant Valley in their regular season duel, and it was one Coach Rasche said they would look back on to improve.
They did that in competition Tuesday. Lacy Pickney battled through her championship game before falling.
"Lacy Pickney's scores don't show how well she played," Rasche said. "She lost six 40-40 games. It's an oucher when you drop one of those, let alone six. We will create pressure situations in practice so it doesn't happen again."
And Kylie Housenga put on a show at No. 4 singles, but ultimately fell to the Spartans' Ramya Subramanium 6-3, 6-4.
"Kylie Housenga showed us she has a lot of things to use in her tool chest," Rasche said. "Slice, top spin, drop shots, driven balls, [she] did a great job hitting after the player."
Pleasant Valley ended the day with 26 points, Clinton ended with 15.5., and Davenport Assumption came in third with 9.5. The Coach of the Year for the MAC was Ian McCloud from Davenport West.
Clinton now turns it's attention towards the postseason, where they Queens have wound up at state 34 of the last 35 years under Cindy Rasche. The Queens will head back to North Scott for the regional singles and doubles tournament ton May 15, and then will take on the winner of Cedar Rapids Jefferson and Linn Mar on Saturday May 18 in Clinton.
The district tennis tournaments originally scheduled to take place Wednesday are already seeing changes due to the predicted rainfall across the state of Iowa.
The Class 1A boys tournament at Dubuque Wahlert, which includes the Camanche boys tennis team, has been postponed. It will now take place on Friday at the same time and place.