Riverside's netters geared up for the upcoming district tournament by playing two tough matches last week.
The Rebels traveled to Piggott on Tuesday and the boys lost a tough 4-3 match to the Mohawks. In singles play, the two teams split. The Rebels took the number one and two singles matches with Tyler Timms defeating Piggott's Daniel Parker, 6-4, at number one singles while the Rebels' Blake Barnes shutout the Piggott(s Shane Eslahi, 6-0, at number two singles.
Piggott rallied by taking the number three and four singles matches. Zach White edged Riverside's Zac Reynolds, 6-4, and then Anthony Pickering outlasted Rebel Shawn Mathews, 7-5.
It was in doubles play where Piggott claimed the overall matches, winning two out of three. Pickering and White handed the team of Timms and Barnes their first loss of the year, 6-1, at number one doubles. The Rebels got even when Reynolds and Mathews downed Piggott's Chet Vaughn and Austin McDaniel, 6-3. In the deciding match of the day, the Mohawks' Parker and Eslahi outlasted Riverside's M. J. Emery and Cody Richardson, 6-3.
In girl's play, Piggott's Courtney Dunlap defeated Riverside's Miranda Boyd twice, both by 6-0 scores.
Riverside traveled to meet undefeated East Poinsett County on Thursday and ran into a buzz-saw as the Warriors showed why they are unbeaten by downing the Rebels in boy's play, 7-2. The EPC girls also won by defeating Riverside 2-0.
In boys singles play, Adam Robertson handed the Rebels' Tyler Timms a 6-0 defeat at number one singles. Blake Barnes gave Riverside one of their two points with a 6-3 win over EPC(s Colby Turner in number two singles. The Warriors then swept the next three singles matches as Justin Parnell defeated Zac Reynolds, 6-1, while Steven Emrich and Cameron Gean both won their matches 6-0 over Riverside's Shawn Mathews and M. J. Emery.
In doubles action, EPC took three of the four matches. The Warriors won the first three as Robertson and Turner defeated Timms and Barnes, 6-3. Emrich and Adam Chamberlin beat Reynolds and Mathews by an identical 6-3 score. Parnell and Gean outlasted Emery and Barnes, 6-4. Riverside managed to salvage the last doubles match when Reynolds and Mathews defeated Justin Williams and Chris Stover, 6-3.
In girls play, Heather Benton edged Riverside's Miranda Boyd, 6-4, and then the Warrior's Marissa Holiman downed Boyd, 6-3.
Riverside's Tyler Timms captured a 6-3 win over Mike Brown of Marked Tree to give the Rebels their only team victory of the week.
The Riverside boys are now 4-4-3 while the girls dropped to 2-5-3 on the season.
Riverside returns to action this week, traveling to Walnut Ridge on Tuesday to play the Bobcats, before returning home for their final regular season match of the year Thursday afternoon against the Weiner Cardinals. Both matches are set to start at 4:00 p.m.