Riverside rode the momentum gained by Tyler Timms' thrilling 7-6 (7-4) comeback victory in number one singles as the Rebels rolled over Nettleton 7-3 in boy's tennis Thursday afternoon at Nettleton in their season opener.
Timms trailed Andrew Nadzam 3-1 and 5-3 before pulling even at 5-5 when Nadzam took a 6-5 lead and had a chance to win the match. Timms, however, fought off two match points to send the battle into a tiebreaker where he jumped to a 5-1 lead en rout to a 7-4 victory.
The Rebels also swept all the doubles matches against the Raiders as Timms and Jordan Adcock won at number one doubles against Nadzam and Matt Lamb, 6-0. Cody Richardson and Garrett Weaver beat Matt Taylor and Sam West at number two doubles, 6-2.
The Rebel duo of M.J. Emery and Glen Graham took the number three doubles match over Nettleton's Jeff Byrd and Ben Harrington, 6-4, before Riverside closed out the doubles sweep as Randy Kramer and Casey Hook defeated Nettleton's David Hornbeck and Matt Nadzam 6-4.
Nettleton's Matt Taylor defeated Riverside's Jordan Adcock 6-3 at number two singles while the Rebel's Cody Richardson outlasted Matt Lamb 6-4 in number three singles. At number four singles, Riverside's Cliff Kramer downed Jeff Byrd 6-4. The number five singles match saw Nettleton's Ben Harrington defeat Shawn Mathews 6-1 while at number six singles Nettleton's Sam West bested Glen Graham, 6-1.
In girls action, Nettleton blitzed the Lady Rebels 8-0 as Riverside Head Coach Terry Connor is rebuilding with a totally new team of players entering their first season of tennis.
Nettleton's Jill Crisler defeated Morgan Emery 6-0 in number one singles while Lady Raider Rayna Kingston downed Katey Campbell 6-0 at number two singles. Nital Desai of Nettleton beat Magan Adams at number three singles 6-0 while the Raider's Kim McDaniel defeated Kailey Holt 6-2 in the number four singles match. The Raiders completed the singles sweep as Lindsey McVay downed Lady Rebel Katey Brown 6-0.
In doubles action, the Nettleton team of Kingston-McDaniel beat the Rebel duo of Emery-Campbell, 6-1. Lady Raiders's Crisler and McVay defeated Adams and Emilee Hook 6-0 while the combo of Desai and McVay handled the Rebel duo of Holt and Holly Dudley 6-2.
"I was pleased with my team's performance," said Riverside Coach Terry Connor. "The boys played really well, especially some of my newcomers. Tyler (Timms) made a great comeback at number one singles. He never quits. Even when he cramped up late in his match, he pulled it together and came away with a big win for us. Our doubles teams all played really well together. Our girls are very young, but the entire teams has worked hard this summer, and we will show improvement as the year goes along."
Riverside resumes play Tuesday Sept. 6 with a 4:00 match at Trumann against the Wildcats before traveling to Jonesboro on Thursday, Sept. 8 for another 4:00 match with Ridgefield Christian.