CAMANCHE– It really was a beautiful day on Saturday. It's a good thing it was with all the tennis that was played.
The annual Camanche Tennis Invitational started a 9 a.m. Saturday and wasn't wrapped up until after 5 p.m. After everything was said and done it was the home team who came out on top.
The Camanche varsity boys, who are 5-1 in duals the season, ended with 23.5 points on the day and a handful of championships to wrap up the home meet. They were five full points ahead of team runner up Sterling Newman.
The Clinton River Kings made the short trip to Camanche for the invite, and ended the day third overall. They finished with 16.5 points, with just a couple matches on the day keeping them out of second place.
Maquoketa came in fourth with eight points, and the Camanche junior varsity scored to come in sixth. Bettendorf junior varsity rounded the team scores out in sixth.
It really couldn't have gone much better than it did for the Camanche varsity team.
"Everything went pretty well today, head coach Jeff Marsh said. "Varsity played well and we had a JV kid score as well."
The Indians had four singles champions and two doubles champions on their home court. Mason Holstein defeated Clinton's Andrew Brisch 10-5 to win No. 1 singles while Delzell took down Clinton's Connor Hyde 10-4 for the No. 2 title. Lucan Goble came up with a big 10-3 win over Clinton's Jacob Knight and then Nick Thoms edged Clinton's Noah Hayton 10-8.
In one of the most exciting matches of the day, the No.1 doubles pair of Mason Holstein and Dylan Determan wowed the crowd with big returns to take down the Sterling Newman duo 10-3.
"That's the best I've ever seen them play," Marsh said about the pair. "They were real aggressive and all over the net. When you're aggressive in doubles you're going to come out the winner."
Goble and Thoms won and No. 3 doubles as well, while Delzell and Blake Leu fell in the championship match at No. 2.
"Two doubles was a little shaky," Marsh said. "They're not quite where we want them to be, but they haven't played a lot together. We just kind of put them together in the last week and a half or so."
Part of the success the Indians have seen so far has been from pure experience. The Indians have a total of seven senior on their roster and return a large number of varsity players.
"These seniors have been playing summer and winter for four years," Marsh said. "They've been practicing hard, they know the game in and out and that really pays off. Especially in tournaments when you play more than one match."
The River Kings had a decent day, but know that have more in the tank. Although they didn't walk away with the win in any category, they were in five of the six championship matches on Saturday.
"We started off slow, but as the day went on in singles we really started to play well," head coach Andrew Carbajal said.
That's even with missing No. 6 player David Xu.
"I think we would have liked him a little bit today, but the guy who filled in [Jacob Knight] played well," Carbajal said.
Andrew Brisch had two wins, including an extra point victory, on his way to the championship match, falling to Mason Holstein 10-5. Connor Hyde also fell in No. 2 singles to a Camanche opponent.
Freshman Brody Manemann continued to impress with a 10-8 win over Dylan Determan, in a match that could have gone either way.
"Dylan had a strong comeback and our freshman didn't fold," Carbajal said.
Still, Manemann fell in the championship round to Sterling Newman's Isaac Blaney. Noah Hayton also put up a fight in the championship match in No. 5 singles, but saw a couple of frustrating shots not go his way.
"He got tired at the end of singles. He was hitting good shots and placing where we want it, it's just missing," Carbajal said.
Jacob Knight, the fill in Saturday at No. 6, fell to Lucas Goble for the titles.
On the other hand, the River Kings struggled in doubles. Chris Taylor-Bice and Jacob Knight were the only ones to play for the championship, and they fell 10-8.
"We can do better. We practiced a lot yesterday but we're just not getting that mixdown," Carbajal said. "I feel like we're better alone than as a team, so we're going to have to work on maturity an communication skills."
The River Kings, who have just one dual win so far, have met three state ranked teams in the MAC in the first few weeks of competition. Their schedule eases up a bit, and Carbajal hopes to see big strides, especially with their home invite coming up next week.
"We have one of the hardest schedules in Iowa in the first couple of weeks, it shouldn't be anything new to us. Hopefully the guys can respond to that, and get some wins."