18 top-three league team finishes in past 31 years
PELLA-The Central College women’s tennis team shut out Monmouth College (Ill.) and Knox College (Ill.) in its first two meets of the 2013 season.
The Dutch won handily up-and-down the lineup in the opener, surrendering no more than two games in a single match versus the Fighting Scots.
Central swept the three doubles matches by a combined score of 24-1. Sophomores Angie Allgood (Muscatine) and Megan Davis (Highlands Ranch, Colo., Valor Christian HS) returned to the top doubles spot and won 8-1. Anna Bowser (sophomore, Fort Dodge) and Ashlyn Huegel (junior, Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS) won by shutout at No. 2 doubles, as did Sarah Montgomery (junior, Bettendorf) and Katie Todd (sophomore, Cedar Falls) at No. 3.
The Dutch swept the Fighting Scots in singles, as well, led by a 6-0, 6-0 shutout at the No. 1 spot by Allgood. Bowser and Huegel followed suit with shutouts at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Davis was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at No. 2 and Montgomery won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5. Todd rounded out the lineup with a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 6.
“This morning the ladies played well and I was pleased up-and-down the order,” coach Steve Tyler said. “It was great to get that first win under our belt.”
The second meet of the day was tougher, but more of the same, as the Dutch swept the Prairie Fire. Due to increasing temperatures and decreasing cloud coverage, the teams moved inside to H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse courts for the meet.
In doubles, Allgood and Davis teamed up for an 8-6 win at No. 1. Bowser and Huegel posted an 8-5 win at No. 2, while Montgomery and Todd were 8-1 winners at No. 3.
“In the afternoon meet, our doubles play was very important,” said Tyler. “Our top team was down one break (of service) and came back to win. Angie and Megan showed great leadership in the meets today and pulled out tough matches at the top.”
Singles were tighter, as two Dutch players needed third-set super tiebreakers to win. Allgood dropped the first set at the top spot, but responded with a 6-3 win in the second set and a 10-5 win in the super tiebreaker. Bowser was the other super tiebreaker at No. 3, splitting the first two sets before taking the match 10-6.
The other four singles matches were straight-set wins for Central. Davis was a 6-3, 6-3 winner at No. 2, while Huegel won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4. Montgomery and Todd closed out the day with 6-0, 6-0 wins at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively.
“Katie Todd posted wins at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles in both meets, which will be big for us moving forward,” Tyler said.
“I liked the way we played today.”
The Dutch open Iowa Conference play on Saturday in Dubuque. Central visits the University of Dubuque at 9 a.m. before traveling across town to play Loras at 1 p.m.