18 top-three league team finishes in past 31 years
CONWAY, Ark. — The Central College men’s and women’s tennis squads were overpowered by Hendrix College (Ark.) on the Warriors’ home courts Tuesday, as the Dutch fell 6-3 on the men’s side and the women stumbled 7-2.
Freshman Emily Koontz (Council Bluffs, Abraham Lincoln HS) had a hand in both winning matches for the women’s team. She notched a commanding 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles and paired with fellow freshman Ashlei Bos (Weatherby Lake, Mo., Park Hill HS) for an 8-2 No. 3 doubles victory.
Central saw lineup changes Tuesday after a back injury sidelined Blake Taylor (sophomore, Tama, South Tama HS), who played at the No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles spots in Monday’s 8-1 defeat of East Texas Baptist.
“I was well pleased with the effort,” said coach Steve Tyler. “Blake Taylor couldn’t play today, so everybody below her in the lineup had to move up. We had several matches that could have come out differently. Ashley Bos put herself in a position to win and Nicole Curran (sophomore, Cedar Falls, Northern University) had her chances.”
Bos won her first set at No. 2 singles before falling 4-6, 6-0, 12-10. Curran stumbled 6-4, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.
The Central women fall to 7-10 while Hendrix improves to 4-7.
In men’s action, Central’s recorded an 8-3 doubles win from Collin Schares (freshman, Johnston) and Zane Hendricks (sophomore, Fort Dodge) at the No. 3 spot while Tim Kahl (freshman, Grinnell) and John Seier (sophomore, Lincoln, Neb., Waverly HS) added singles wins. Kahl rallied for a 5-7, 6-3, 11-9 win at the No. 4 spot and Seier was a 7-5, 7-5 winner at No 5.
There were more lineup changes on the men’s side. With regular No. 1 singles player Seth Harris (senior, Waverly, Neb.) not making the trip to Arkansas, Tyler has tried two new faces at that spot. After Kyle Freischlag (Downers Grove, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) played at No. 1 singles Monday, Schares took the spot Tuesday.
“They’ve beaten each other in practice,” said Tyler. “Collin has been playing really well lately and we thought we’d give him a look. He played well, Hendrix just has a very good No. 1 player.”
Schares stumbled 6-1, 6-1 while freshman Josh Forst (Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) took his first set but failed to capitalize, suffering a 1-6, 6-1, 10-7 loss at No. 6.
Central drops to 6-5 while Hendrix moves to an even 6-6.
Both Dutch squads are back on the court Wednesday to take on Division II Harding University (Ark.). Women’s play starts at 1 p.m. from Searcy (Ark.) with the men to follow at 3 p.m.
“They’re supposed to be a very good team; we’ll have our hands full,” said Tyler. “But we’re down here to get match experience and that’s what we’re doing.”