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Clinton athlete Leroy Guskey plays in the All-Stars Club tennis tournament in Eldridge over the weekend.

PRESTON – The Easton Valley River Hawks were swept at home on Monday night in their season opener by a seasoned Bellevue squad 26-24, 25-11, 25-23.

“Just inconsistency,” head coach Denise Larson said. “We had some really great things, then we had inconsistencies.”

But that was to be expected with the roster shakeups that happened for the River Hawks this year.

“It’s some of the little things right now to be honest,” Larson said. “Some fundamentals that we need to stop talking about and just do.”

After playing the first set close and losing in extra points, the Comets blew past the River Hawks in the second set. Easton Valley got into a couple of bad rotations that just didn’t seem to click.

“We got into a couple serve receive patterns we just couldn’t get out of,” Larson said.

It looked the last set might be a blow out as well, but then the River Hawks climbed back. They just didn’t have enough to overpower Bellevue.

Larson saw a lot of beginning of the season problems that are common for a young and inexperience team, and those should sort themselves out in time.

“We’re going to take care of the fundamentals, each individual girl,” Larson said. “We need more time to be together. We’re very unsure of our position on the court.”

They’ll get some more of that time together on Saturday when they host their home tournament. It kicks off at 9 a.m.

Athletes help at All-Star

ELDRIDGE – Clinton athletes both volunteered and participated this weekend at the All-Star Club special needs tennis tournament in Eldridge.

The River Cities Tennis Association and Clinton High School tennis help to be court monitors, ball boys, referees and score keepers for this annual tournament.

Special balls are used for the athlete to move a little slower. Each finisher first through third gets a medal for the event.

Clinton’s Leroy Guskey participated and won his first match in a tie breaker over Abby Statley.

Clinton volunteers this year included Adam Deters, Nora Balk, Bobbie Evers, Anna Current, Abby Struble, Kyrah Petersen, Laurel Decker, Steve Decker, Yasco Petersen, Robert Evers, Virgil Pilola, Amy Green, Sarah Deters, Hallie Dolan, Andrew Hagglund and Cindy Rasche.

Unity has good first tourney

GALESBURG – The Unity Christian volleyball team tested it’s youthful lineup for the first time this weekend, finishing in the top half of a tournament at Galesburg Christian.

“The girls played pretty well for the first game of the season,” head coach Jana Behr said. “[We’re] starting to gel. We need to take care of mental errors and clean it up. That will come.”

The Knights lost to KTA in a hard fought game, going to three sets 27-29, 25-22, 8-15. They then defeated East Moline Christian handily 25-14, 25-23.

Tri-State had the edge on the Knights, handing them their second loss of the day 16-25, 14-25.

They got another win over Pekin 25-23, 25-17 and then got to see Tri-State one more time. This game was closer, but Tri-State still managed to overpower the Knights 25-27, 25-21.

Michelle Striley had 22 kills on the day while Allison Tegeler had 20. Maizie Wicklund finished with 11 aces.