14 Iowa Conference team titles
CEDAR RAPIDS—Central College finished sixth at the Iowa Conference men’s tennis team tournament, falling 5-3 to Cornell College Saturday morning.
Central dropped to the fifth-place match after a 5-1 loss to the University of Dubuque Friday night. It’s the second time in two weeks Cornell has defeated the Dutch.
“Cornell’s a very talented team and I was proud of the way we competed today, especially after last night’s disappointing loss,” coach Steve Tyler said. “We battled Cornell within a couple of points but the points went their way at the end.
Seth Harris (senior, Waverly, Neb.) claimed a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles and Tim Kahl (freshman, Grinnell) pulled out a win at No 4 singles at 6-0, 1-6, 6-2. The No. 2 doubles pair of Kyle Freischlag (sophomore, Downers Grove, Downers Grove South HS) and Josh Forst (freshman, Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) took an 8-6 win.
“I was pleased to see Kyle and Josh win at doubles,” Tyler said. “They’ve been struggling a bit and it was great to see them come through today and give us a shot.”
The No. 3 singles match was left unfinished after Cornell clinched the team win with five points.
Central closes its season at 11-12 overall, including a 9-12 spring mark. The Dutch graduate Harris, their No. 1 singles and doubles player. Harris posted a 57-44 career singles mark and was 59-46 in doubles play. He ranks third on both the singles and doubles career wins leaderboards.
“Seth had some outstanding wins for us this season,” Tyler said. “He’s a great shot-maker, is very quick and covers the court well.”
But Tyler is encouraged by the lineup that returns next year.
“We’re a much-improved team from the start of the year,” he said. “We had a lot of close matches. We just need to learn how to win and work on playing under pressure. We’ve got a good bunch of guys and we’ll get there.”