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WAVERLY — The Central College men’s tennis team suffered a 6-3 Iowa Conference loss to Wartburg College Saturday morning at Waverly, before rebounding with a 9-0 blanking of non-conference opponent Bethany Lutheran College (Minn.).
Central’s 6-3 result versus Wartburg (8-5) is an improvement from a 9-0 loss suffered against the Knights earlier this season.
“I’m pleased with the improvement. We played better today than in the last matchup,” said coach Steve Tyler. “We played outdoors on a surface similar to what we play on at home. That worked in our favor.”
Senior Seth Harris (Waverly, Neb.) notched two wins against the Knights. He scored a decisive 6-2, 6-0 victory at No. 1 singles and teamed with sophomore Zane Hendricks (Fort Dodge) for an 8-4 win in the No. 1 doubles match.
“Seth had a really standout day,” said Tyler. “He was on top of his game and played well.”
Central’s other win came at No. 5 singles, where Tim Kahl (Grinnell) was a 7-6, 6-4 victor.
“We were competitive up and down the lineup,” said Tyler. “It’s encouraging because it shows we can play with anybody in the league. We’d love the chance to play Wartburg again.”
In the afternoon matchup, Tyler opted to adjust Central’s lineup, introducing some less-familiar faces to take on Bethany Lutheran (0-2). Josh Forst (freshman, Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS), a regular on the No. 2 doubles team, stepped into the No. 4 singles spot and earned a 6-0, 6-1 win. Junior Pat Daly (Shawnee, Kan., Shawnee Mission NW HS) was a 6-0, 6-0 winner at No. 5 singles and junior David Bouska (Altoona, Southeast Polk HS) added another 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 6 singles.
“I was well pleased with the effort, attitude, fitness and camaraderie the team showed today,” said Tyler. “It was great for those guys to be able to step in and get wins.”
Central (8-8) is back in action April 7 at Dubuque for two conference showdowns. The Dutch take on Loras College at 9 a.m. and follow with a 1 p.m. contest with the University of Dubuque. The Duhawks are 0-9 while the Spartans took a 10-4 record into tournament action Saturday.