Rebel netters suffer first defeat of season
Town Crier Sports Staff
Riverside saw their unbeaten streak in boys tennis end Thursday afternoon as undefeated East Poinsett County rolled into Lake City and came away with a 6-3 victory over the Rebels.
Riverside came into the match having won their first two matches of the week, defeating Walnut Ridge and Piggott in conference action, before the Warriors scalped the Rebels in non-conference action behind the strong play of their doubles teams.
Riverside got off to a good start as Tyler Timms outlasted Cameron Gean 7-5 in number one singles. The Warriors Steven Emerich evened things up with a 6-1 win in number two singles over Rebel Cliff Kramer. Justin Parnell pulled out a tough 6-3 decision over Riverside's Cody Richardson in number three singles before Rebel Jordan Adcock evened the match by nipping EPC's Adam Chamberlain 7-6 (7-5) in number four singles.
The key match of the day came at number one doubles where the team of Emerich and Parnell handed Riverside's Timms and Adcock their first loss of the season in doubles play, 6-2, to set the tone for the Warrior victory.
EPC rode the momentum of Emerich and Parnell's victory by claiming three of the next four doubles matches. Riverside's only victory in doubles came when the duo of Richardson and M.J. Emery downed the Warrior team of Gean and Justin Williams, 6-4. EPC swept the other three matches as Williams teamed with Brian Branch to defeat the Rebel duo of Garrett Weaver and Glen Graham, 6-4. Warriors Matt Powell and Chris Stover fought off Riverside's Kramer and Weaver 6-3 while the EPC team of Cody Brown and Charles Stover shut out Riverside(s Casey Hook and Randy Kramer, 6-0.
Riverside started the week on Monday traveling to Walnut Ridge and came away with a 6-0 whitewash of the Bobcat netters.
Riverside totally dominated the match as the Bobcats managed only three points on the day.
Tyler Timms started the onslaught by defeating hard-hitting Jack Kent in number one singles, 6-1. Cliff Kramer shut out Chris Pinkston in number two singles, 6-0, before Garrett Weaver downed Matt Moore, 6-1.
The Rebels were even more dominate in doubles play as the number one team of Timms and Jordan Adcock easily defeated Walnut Ridge's Eric Duncan and Tom Jackson, 6-0. Cody Richardson and M.J. Emery beat the Bobcat duo of Jason Walter and Justin Baker 6-1, before Casy Hook and Glen Graham completed the sweep with a 6-0 victory over Bobcats Walter and Baker.
Riverside had little trouble with Piggott on Tuesday afternoon as the Rebels routed the Mohawks 6-0.
Riverside's Tyler Timms downed Alec Watson 6-0 and Rebel Cliff Kramer shut out Mohawk Zac Smart, 6-0, in the only two singles matches of the day.
Riverside won all four doubles matches as Timms and Jordan Adcock defeated the Mohawk pair of Trey Sutfin and Cody McKinnie, 6-0. Cody Richardson and M.J. Emery downed Mohawks Jake Davis and Josh Small, 6-1. Rebels Glen Graham and Garrett Weaver dealt Watson and Smart a 6-0 whitewash before Riverside's Casey Hook and Randy Kramer completed the Riverside sweep with a 6-2 victory over Davis and Small.
The Rebels now sport an 8-1 overall record and 5-0 conference mark heading into this week's action.
The inexperienced Lady Rebels continued to show improvement despite losing all three matches during the week.
Riverside dropped a 3-1 decision to Walnut Ridge. In singles play, Morgan Emery got the Lady Rebels off to a good start with a 6-4 win over Lady Bobcat Katlin Cavanaugh. Walnut Ridge evened things up with a 6-3 win as Jordan Rorex defeated Lady Rebel Magan Adams 6-3. Walnut Ridge took home the victory by claiming both doubles matches as Rorex and Laura Freeman teamed to defeat Lady Rebels Holly Dudley and Kailey Holt in a hard fought 6-4 contest. Walnut Ridge clinched the match when Freeman and Cavanaugh downed Lady Rebels Adams and Emilee Hook 6-1.
Riverside dropped a tough 4-2 decision to Piggott. The Lady Rebels split the singles matches as Magan Adams defeated Jessica Payne 6-3 before Hilary French evened things up for the Lady Bobcats with a 6-0 victory over Rebel Morgan Emery.
Piggott claimed the contest by taking three of the four doubles matches. The lone Lady Rebel win came at number four doubles as Kailey Holt and Holly Dudley defeated Lady Mohawks Elise Watson and Danielle Tompkins 6-4. Piggott won numbers one, two and three doubles matches as Amanda Howell and Jordan Engle downed Lady Rebels Emery and Adams 6-0. Amanda Johnson and Hailey Lambert beat Riverside's Holt and Dudley 6-4 while Morgan Nickle and Victoria McDaniel defeated Katie Brown and Emilee Hook 6-1.
The Lady Rebels then dropped a 4-1 decision to East Poinsett County. In singles play, Sabrina Benton defeated Morgan Emery 6-0 while Stephanie Steakley downed Magan Adams 6-0.
Riverside gained their only point of the match at number two doubles as Adams and Emilee Hook teamed to beat the Lady Warrior duo of Kim Harston and Candace Dorris 6-1. EPC captured the other two doubles matches as Benton and Steakley blanked Emery and Holt 6-0 before Lauren Turner and Benton beat the Riverside duo of Dudley and Holt 6-2.
The Lady Rebels dropped to 1-8 overall and 0-5 in conference play.
Riverside will return to action as both the boys and girls travel to Weiner on Monday for a 4:00 conference match. Riverside will travel to Lepanto on Tuesday for a rematch with the Warriors before playing another conference match with Crowley's Ridge Academy at Allen Park in Jonesboro on Thursday.