14 Iowa Conference team titles
PELLA — In its last outing before the Iowa Conference Team Championship, the Central College men’s tennis team came up short against conference foe Cornell College 6-3 before shutting down Grand View University 9-0.
Senior Seth Harris (Waverly, Neb.) grabbed two wins against Cornell (13-7), teaming with Zane Hendricks (sophomore, Fort Dodge) for an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles and fighting to a 6-2, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles.
“Seth and Zane started it off right for us and then Seth came back and beat their No. 1 kid in singles,” said coach Steve Tyler. “That helped put us in position at two all.”
Sophomore John Seier (Lincoln, Neb., Waverly HS) added the third win, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 6 singles, but Central couldn’t capitalize in the middle of the singles lineup.
“We played close matches, but they beat us 6-3; that’s all we can say,” said Tyler. “The takeaway for the team is that there are a lot of evenly matched teams in the conference and we can play with any of them.”
Tyler adjusted the Dutch lineup against a shorthanded Grand View squad. After collecting three wins by forfeit, Pat Daly (junior, Shawnee, Kan., Shawnee Mission NW HS) and Chris Kosmicki (freshman, Greeley, Colo., Northridge HS) were both two-time victors for the Dutch. Daly won 6-0, 6-0 at No. 2 singles and earned an 8-4 victory alongside Collin Schares (freshman, Johnston) at No. 1 doubles. Kosmicki won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 3 singles and paired with junior David Bouska (Altoona, Southeast Polk HS) for an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles.
The Dutch also got wins from Tim Kahl (freshman, Grinnell) at No. 1 singles, 6-1, 6-0, and Chris Schissell (sophomore, Port Washington, N.Y., Paul D. Schrieber HS) at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-4.
Central (11-10) has nearly two weeks to prepare before the conference championships May 4-5 at the Hawkeye Tennis & Recreation Complex in Iowa City.
“We’ve got eight more practices,” said Tyler. “I like the way the team is working. I think we’re capable of pushing any team in the conference.”