18 top-three league team finishes in past 31 years
DOANE, NEB. — The season opener started with a bang as the Central College women’s tennis team secured a 9-0 victory over Doane (Neb.) on Saturday.
“As the first match of the season and on the road, the ladies played very well,” coach Steve Tyler said. “There were some first-match jitters, but they got over it them quickly.”
At number one doubles Angie Allgood (freshman, Muscatine) and Megan Davis (freshman, Denver, Colo., Valley Christian HS) handed their opponents an 8-2 loss while the No. 2 doubles team of Amanda Kuhn (freshman, Glen Ellyn, Ill, Glenbard South HS) and Ashlyn Huegel (sophomore, Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS) won 8-3. At No. 3, Anna Bowser (freshman, Fort Dodge) and Katie Todd (freshman, Cedar Falls) also came out on top, 8-1.
Tyler cited the young players for getting their first Dutch wins.
“Because we are so young with five freshmen and one transfer, for us to come out and play like we did was really nice to see,” Tyler said.
On the singles side, Allgood was a 6-2, 6-1 winner at No. 1. Davis endured two tie-breaker rounds to win 6-7 (10-8), 6-1 (10-7).
“For Megan Davis to lose the first set and come back to win indicated a lot of strength,” said Tyler. “Even under pressure it shows she can pull through.”
The lone team senior Chelsea Johnson (Mount Vernon) prevailed at No. 3 with a 6-2, 6-1 win while Anna Striegel (Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Jefferson HS) easily claimed a 6-0, 6-0 match at No. 4. Kuhn pulled out a decisive 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 5 and Todd dominated at No. 6, 6-1, 6-2.
“Overall I feel like the strength of our team and our attitude sets a good tone for the rest of the season,” Tyler said.
Central is at home on Tuesday, Sept. 8, playing host to Dubuque at 9 a.m. and Loras at 1 p.m. at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex courts.