Emery and Campbell claim District doubles title
Riverside seniors Morgan Emery and Katey Campbell teamed to win the 2A-3 District doubles championship for the second straight year with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory over Bonnie Argo and Karysta Passmore of Ridgefield Christian Wednesday afternoon at Allen Park in Jonesboro.
The Rebel tandem advanced to the finals with a hard fought 6-1, 6-7 (2-7) 6-3 win over Katie Keil and Kim Lane of Little Rock Lutheran in the semi-finals. Emery and Campbell won their first round match with an easy 6-0, 6-0 defeat of Sarah Stidman and April Sandlin of Crowley's Ridge Academy.
Riverside's number two doubles team of Holly Dudley and Taylor Boness will join Emery and Campbell at the state tournament via a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 consolation win over Keil and Lane. Rebel senior Kailey Holt will also travel to Fairfield Bay after posting a 6-1, 6-4 straight set decision over Alivia Hackworth of Walnut Ridge in her consolation match.
The girls team fell just short of the team title, finishing second behind champion Ridgefield Christian.
Dudley and Boness began their day with a 6-0, 6-3 win over Little Rock Lutheran's Olivia Barnes and Mary Claire Barnes in the first round. The Rebel duo just missed making the finals, dropping a 4-6, 5-7 decision to Argo and Passmore in the semi-finals.
Holt won her first round match against Lutheran's Charli Sotomora, 6-2, 6-4. Holt lost her semi-final match to number one seeded and eventual champion Katie Gillespie of Walnut Ridge, 0-6, 1-6.
Sophomore Beth Anne Snyder also competed for the Lady Rebels, but came up short against the number three seeded Emily Young of Walnut Ridge, losing 1-6, 0-6.
"The girls had a great tournament," said Riverside Coach Terry Conner. "It was good to see Morgan and Katey win their second straight doubles title. We were pleasantly surprised when Kailey Holt also advanced to the state tournament. I am really happy for her, because it's her first trip. I knew she could do it all along, and she finally put it together and achieved her goal. I really think we have a good chance at the state in girls play, especially with our number one doubles team of Emery and Campbell. We are looking forward to the tournament. It has been a good year."
The Lady Rebels finished the regular season with a 9-2-1 record.