18 top-three league team finishes in past 31 years
PELLA — The Central College women’s tennis squad came up on the wrong end of several close matches Saturday, falling to Iowa Conference opponent Wartburg College 7-2 at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex.
The Dutch took three singles matches into a tie-breaking third set, but were only able to take one win from the Knights (4-2). At the number five spot, Riley Taylor (senior, Tama, South Tama HS) dropped the first set to Wartburg’s Jessica Behrer before rallying for the victory 4-6, 6-2, 10-8.
“To be down in the first set and fight back was very impressive,” said coach Steve Tyler. “She really battled.”
Senior Kayla Donner (Metamora Ill., Metamora Township HS) returned to the No. 2 singles slot Saturday after missing time with an injury. She took the second set but couldn’t hold on in the final set, suffering a 3-6, 6-4, 10-7 defeat. Sarah Montgomery (freshman, Bettendorf) had a close match of her own at No. 6 singles, falling 5-7, 6-3, 10-8.
“I was quite pleased with the entire singles line-up,” said Tyler. “We could have won any of those matches. It just came down to a point here and there. It was the tightest 7-2 loss I’ve ever seen.”
In doubles action, Donner’s return served the Dutch well, as she teamed up with Swartz at the No. 1 spot. The pair handed the Wartburg duo a 9-8 defeat in dramatic fashion, letting a 4-1 lead slip away before rallying to the victory.
“They’re proving they are veterans,” said Tyler. “They are playing at the top of the Iowa Conference.”
Central (2-5) travels to Fort Dodge on Tuesday for a neutral-site match against Buena Vista University. The Beavers took a 1-4 record into Saturday matches against Coe College and Northwestern College.