Lady Rebels win district tennis team title
Riverside continued its dominance in high school tennis under head coach Terry Conner, capturing the team championship in the girls division of the 2A-3 District Tournament Friday afternoon at Allen Park in Jonesboro.
The Lady Rebels were led by Anna Brickell, who defended her singles championship by defeating Adrianna Morehouse of Ridgefield Christian 6-4, 6-4. Kenzley Wilson and Lauren Weaver took home the doubles championship with a straight set 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ashlyn Abbott and Audrey Jane Hicks of Crowley's Ridge Academy.
The Lady Rebels finished with a team high 14 points to outdistance runner-ups CRA and Ridgefield Christian who tied for second with four points each.
Riverside also grabbed third place in the doubles competition as Chelsea Nichols and Madison Qualls downed Paige Pearson and Victoria West of CRA 6-0, 6-1.
Rebekah Frayer advanced to the third place match in singles competition but fell to Elise Young of Ridgefield Christian 6-3, 6-3.
Brickell, Wilson, Weaver, Nichols and Qualls will all advance to the 2A state tournament.
Logan Meurer highlighted the Rebel boys, winning the singles title for the second straight year with a straight set 6-2, 6-3 victory over Clayton Hufstedler of Walnut Ridge. With the victory, Meurer also advances to Class 2A state tennis tournament. Ryan Mason of Riverside lost the third place match, 6-1, 6-3 to Alex Long of Walnut Ridge. Cody Webb and Kollin Stone of Riverside lost a hard fought 6-4, 7-5 decision in the third place match in doubles action to the team of Chandler Cupp and Luke Ellis of CRA.
Ridgefield Christian edged Riverside for the team title 9-8.
Conner was named Coach of the Year in the girls division while Mark Lewis of Ridgefield Christian was voted boys Coach of the Year.
"I am very pleased that we won the district championship," said Conner. "The girls played extremely well. Anna Brickell repeated. She was the number one seed and she came through for us again. Lauren Weaver was playing with a new partner, Kenzley Wilson, and they came through as we hoped. Chelsea Nichols and Madison Qualls are playing their first year of tennis and to qualify for state is quite an accomplishment. Anna should be the number one seed at state because she is the defending state champion. We should be contenders for the team title which we won last year."
"Logan Meurer did a great job defending his district title. He has worked very hard and hopes to move past the second round of the state tournament this year, which is always very tough in boys singles," added Conner.
The state tournament will take place Oct. 19-20 at Allen Park in Jonesboro.