19 top-three league team finishes in past 34 years
PELLA —The Central College women’s tennis team opened the Iowa Conference season with 7-2 and 8-1 wins over Dubuque and Loras, respectively, Saturday, improving to 3-0 overall.
At No. 1 doubles against Dubuque, Angie Allgood (freshman, Muscatine) and Megan Davis (freshman, Denver, Colo., Valor Christian HS) won 8-1 and No. 2 doubles team Anna Bowser (freshman, Fort Dodge) and Katie Todd (freshman, Cedar Falls) prevailed 8-5. Amanda Kuhn (freshman, Glen Ellyn, Ill., Glenbard South HS) and Ashlyn Huegel (sophomore, Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS) won 8-2 at No. 3.
“We played really well in doubles today,” said coach Steve Tyler. “With five freshmen and one transfer to the program, we had six new faces and six wins.”
Allgood easily won at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-2. Davis rallied at No. 2, but stumbled in tie-breaker rounds losing 6-0, 6-7 (4), 1-0 (5). Senior Chelsea Johnson (Mount Vernon) had a default loss because of illness at No. 3. Following up at No. 4, Anna Striegel (Cedar Rapids, Cedar Rapids Jefferson HS) battled to win 6-4, 6-3 while Kuhn won at No. 5 6-2, 6-4 and Bowser won at No. 6 6-2, 6-0.
Central swept Loras in doubles as well.
“Against both teams our doubles teams won 3-0,” said Tyler. “It was a great way to go into the singles matches each time. It gave us a huge confidence boost.”
Allgood and Davis won 8-5 at No. 1, Bowser and Todd won 8-3 at No. 2 and Kuhn and Huegel came out on top at No. 3, 8-2. In singles Davis captured the win at No. 2, 7-6 (3), 6-3. Striegel won 6-4, 6-0 at No. 3, Kuhn won 6-4, 7-6 (6) at No. 4. Bowser won 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5 and Todd was a 6-4, 6-1 winner at No. 6.
Tyler praised Todd for filling in capably when needed.
“Katie didn’t play singles against Dubuque, but when Chelsea was injured, she took her place,” he said. “She stepped up and won for the team. It really goes to show how much depth we have within the team.”
Central takes on Simpson Tuesday in the next conference battle. The Dutch travel to Indianola and start at 4 p.m. They split two matches with Simpson last year, winning 5-4 at Pella before dropping the fifth-place match at the league tournament, 5-2.