Rebel netters complete 2A-3 District Tournament sweep
Riverside continued its area tennis domination, winning all six 2A-3 District titles, including both the boys and girls team championships Thursday afternoon at Lake City.
The Rebels and Lady Rebels were so dominant that the rain-delayed finals were moved from Allen Park in Jonesboro to the Riverside campus because the championship matches featured Riverside players only.
Top seeded and three-time defending state champion Anna Brickell defeated teammate Kaitlyn Hale to claim the girls singles crown, 6-1, 6-0. Brickell breezed through the semifinals with a straight set 6-0, 6-0 whitewash over Crowley Ridge Academy's Hannah Hutson. Hale made it to the finals with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Walnut Ridge's Hannah Doane.
Chelsea Nichols and Kenzley Wilson captured the doubles crown with a 6-3, 6-2 win over their second seeded teammates, Sydney Emery and Natalie Milligan. Nichols and Wilson, the top seeds, advanced to the finals with a 6-0, 6-0 semifinal win over CRA's Karena Barlow and Ashley Mobley. Emery and Milligan advanced to the championship match after defeating CRA's Kelsey Cates and Elizabeth Ramsey, 6-1, 6-2.
Riverside's Grant Mason claimed the boys singles championship, defeating third seeded teammate Devon Austin with a hard fought 7-5, 6-4 victory. The top seeded Mason won his semifinal match over Ridgefield Christian's Taylor Davidson, 6-0, 6-0. Austin made it to the finals with a 6-4, 6-2 straight set win over seconded seeded Dustin Schandevel of CRA.
The Rebels completed the day, capturing the doubles crown when Riverside's second seeded duo of Levi Reed and Gavin Stone knocked off the top seeded Rebel pair of Kollin Stone and Cody Webb, 6-1, 6-2, in the finals. Reed and Gavin Stone advanced to the championship with a marathon 7-6 (13-11), 6-4 win in the semifinals against Ridgefield Christian's Andy and Matt Newman. Kollin Stone and Webb easily defeated CRA's Jake Bigger and Conner Webb in the other semifinal match 6-0, 6-0.
Both Rebel teams advance to the Class 2A State Tournament to be held Oct. 21-22 in Jonesboro.