Riverside netters prep for new season at Fairfield Bay
Four members of the Riverside Rebel tennis team traveled to Fairfield Bay to participate in the Junior Championships Aug. 4-7.
Riverside Tennis Coach Terry Connor took Tyler Timms, Blake Barnes, Shawn Mathews and Jordan Adcock as the four took on players from throughout the state of Arkansas as well as neighboring states.
Timms opened singles play in the 18 year-old division, falling to Conway's Jordan Isom, 6-4, 6-1, dropping the Rebel senior into the consolation bracket. The Rebel's number one player got on a roll and captured the consolation bracket championship by defeating Billy Hall of Clinton, 6-2, 6-2, and then won the title with a 6-1, 6-0 rout of Pine Bluff's Alex Weaver.
Barnes opened play in the 16 year-old Novice division by defeating teammate Shawn Mathews, 6-4, 6-0. Barnes won his second round match with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Raghov Shroff of Hot Springs, propelling him to the finals where he fell to Clinton's Josh Harper, 6-3, 6-4.
After losing to his teammate Barnes, Mathews played Kendal Knight, dropping a hard fought 6-4, 6-3 decision in the consolation bracket of the 16-year old Novice division.
After receiving an opening round bye, Adcock opened play in the 16-year-old Novice division, taking on Shroff's twin brother, Madhov, winning 6-3, 6-2, before falling in the semi-finals to Clinton's Jay Harper, 6-3, 6-3.
The Rebels will open the 2005-2006 tennis season September 1 against the Nettleton Raiders on the road.