Riverside's tennis team got an early start on the upcoming fall season by traveling to Sikeston to compete in the 16th Annual Ed Nunnelee Memorial Tennis Tournament Friday, June 2.
Riverside was represented by seniors-to-be Jordan Adcock and Blake Barnes as well as juniors to be Garrett Weaver, Casey Hook, Cody Richardson, and Glen Graham. Former Rebel and University of the Ozarks signee Tyler Timms also made the trip.
Timms teamed with Graham to capture the doubles title in the 17-18 year old division. The duo won the championship with a hard fought 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-1) victory over the Sikeston tandem of Justin Deere and Clayton Matthews. Timms and Graham reached the finals by knocking off Adcock and Richardson 6-0, 5-7, 6-2. In other doubles action, Deere and Matthews got by Adcock and Richardson 7-5, 6-1.
Casey Hook and Garrett Weaver dropped their 15-16 year old division doubles match by the score of 6-0, 6-4, to the team of Blake Averill and Ben Howard.
In singles play, Tyler Timms won three matches to reach the 17-18 year old finals before dropping the championship match to Mike Ashley of Evansville, Indiana, 6-4, 6-2. Timms reached the finals by defeating Riverside's Blake Barnes, 6-1, 6-1, in the first round. Timms then knocked off Sikeston(s Pershard Owens, 6-1, 6-4, in the quarter-finals before dispatching Logan Hampton, 6-2, 6-0, in the semi-finals.
In the 15-16 year old division, Casey Hook won a 6-4, 6-1 decision over Jackson Ervin in the first round, before dropping his quarter-final match to Cameron Tilley, 6-0, 6-1. Cody Richardson won his first round match over Zach Corder by default before dropping a hard fought 4-6, 6-4, 2-6 decision to Blake Averill in the quarter-finals.
In the 17-18 year old division, Jordan Adcock lost to Clayton Matthews, 6-3, 6-3.
Riverside plans to participate in two more summer tournaments in preparation for the 2006 tennis season. The Rebels will travel to Hot Springs July 28-30 before journeying to Fairfield Bay for tennis matches August 3-6.