CLINTON - Freshman Brody Manemann battled in an overtime win on Tuesday afternoon in windy conditions to give the River Kings a win on the tennis courts in their first meet of the year against Bettendorf. The Kings' ultimately fell 1-8, but saw some highlights.
Bettendorf, ranked in the top ten in the state of Iowa, is always a tough opponent when they travel to Max Lynn Courts. Manemann worked against Bettendorf senior Stuart Sweringenand went 6-4, 1-6, 10-7 to take the overtime win in No. 3 singles.
It was the only win of the day for the Kings, and a big one.
"Brody Manemann played huge for us," head coach Andrew Carbajal said. "This is our first win against Bettendorf in a long time."
Clinton still went down swinging, with a lot of long matches. Junior Andrew Brisch fell 1-6, 1-6 at the No. 1 singles spot to senior Yash Singh. Connor Hyde, a senior, fell 1-6, 0-6 to junior Jozef Porubcin. Both senior Chris Taylor-Bice and junior Noah Hayton fell by scores of 0-6, 1-6. Jacob Knight had a strong start to his No. 6 match, but ultimately toppled 4-6, 0-6 to Jason McNab.
"I see a lot of improvement from everyone but won't settle yet," Carbajal said. "Our guys are hungry for more and we will definitely be better than last year."
There was even more reason to be excited after the doubles rounds. Brisch and Hyde paired up to take on Singh and Porubcin in No. 1 doubles and fell by a score of 4-6, 0-6. Menemann and Taylor-Bice went 1-6, 0-6. Hayton and David Xu finished 2-6, 4-6.
Overall, Carbajal saw the double performances as positives for the team.
"We need to get better at focusing on that second set and improve our shot selection," Carbajal said. "Bettendorf is in the top ten in the state in the coaches poll, thus I believe we competed well tonight."
Clinton boys finished the season 2-6 last year, with 5-4 team wins over North Scott and Davenport West. Brisch, Hyde and Taylor-Bice are varsity returners, with Noah Hayton also getting a handful of varsity singles experience.
The River Kings remain in Clinton for their next meet, welcoming Davenport West to Max Lynn on Thursday afternoon.