Riverside tennis teams off to good start
The Riverside Rebels claimed four of the six singles matches in boy's play on their way to a 6-2 victory over the Trumann Wildcats Tuesday afternoon at Trumann. Riverside also swept both doubles matches on the day.
At number one singles, Riverside's Tyler Timms downed Trumann's Blake Wright 6-2. Blake Barnes then gave the Rebels the second point of the day at number two singles with a 6-2 win over Merritt Davis. The Rebels Zac Reynolds won at number three singles downing Trumann's Dustin Jones 6-4. Trumann finally got on the board with a 6-0 whitewash by Jacque Tyler over Riverside's Zach Ridge. The team split the last two singles matches of the day as Rebel Shawn Mathews beat Wildcat Zach Dyer 6-1 before Trumann came back with a 6-4 win from Clay Jones over Rebel Blake McCormick.
Riverside won both doubles matches as the team of Bryan and Blake McCormick defeated the Trumann team of Clay and Dustin Jones 6-3. Riverside's M.J. Emery and Cody Richardson then beat Tyler and Dyer 6-4.
In girl's action, Trumann gained a split when Samantha Goans won at number two singles 6-4 over Riverside's Ashley Foster after the Rebel's Miranda Boyd had beaten Lady Wildcat Julie Henderson 6-2 at number one singles.
The Rebels traveled to Nettleton Thursday afternoon as both the boy's and girl's teams suffered their first defeats of the year at the hands of the Raiders.
The two teams split the singles matches two apiece with the Raiders winning at the number one and two slots before Riverside rallied to win the number three and four singles. At number one, Blake Dixon defeated Tyler Timms 6-4, while at number two Nettleton's Kyle Kelley outlasted Rebel Blake Barnes 7-5. Zac Reynolds gave Riverside its first point of the day with a 6-4 win over Raider Tim Haynes before Cody Richardson evened up the match by beating Nettleton's Ben Harrington 6-4.
The Raiders were able to out-duel Riverside in double's play by winning three of the four matches. Dixon and Ryan Finley knocked off the Rebel team of Timms/Reynolds 6-3. Then in what was the most exciting match of the day, the Raiders team of Andrew Nadzam and Gil Gutierrez won a 7-6 (7-3) marathon over the Rebel's Blake and Bryan McCormick. Nettleton clinched the victory by winning at number three doubles with a 6-1 win as Raiders Leif Lovins and Kyle Kelly handled the Rebel team of M.J. Emery and Shawn Mathews. The Rebels salvaged the number four doubles match when Barnes and Cody Weathers defeated the Raider team of Jeff Byrd and Darby Palmer 6-4.
In girl's play, Nettleton whitewashed the Rebels 6-0 as the Raiders swept both the singles and doubles matches.
In singles play, the Raider's Jill Crisler handed Riverside's Miranda Boyd her first loss of the year with a thrilling 7-6 (7-2) victory that set the stage for the rest of the matches. At number two singles, Natal Dasai of Nettleton blanked Riverside's Ashley Foster 6-0. Rayna Kingston gave the Raiders their third point with a 6-1 win over a tired Miranda Boyd, playing her second match of the day. The Raiders completed the singles sweep when Kim McDaniel beat Kristen Sneed 6-0.
The Rebels fared no better in doubles play as Nettleton's Becky Nichols and Stephanie McGarity beat the Rebel team of Boyd and Jessica Tucker 6-2. Nettleton finished the day off as Jessica Newbolt and Halie Henderson beat the Rebel team of Foster/Sneed 6-0.
Riverside's boys saw their record slip to 1-1-1 while the girl's record also falls to 1-1-1 on the year.
Riverside returns to action with two home matches this coming week. The Rebels play host to Marked Tree on Monday afternoon and then play Trumann Tuesday afternoon. Riverside will close out the week by traveling to Jonesboro to face Ridgefield Christian. All matches begin at 4:00 p.m.