18 top-three league team finishes in past 31 years
PELLA— Senior Chelsea Johnson (Mount Vernon) picked up a crucial singles win to fuel the Central College women’s tennis team to a 5-4 decision over Morningside College Saturday. With a 9-0 sweep of Grand View University earlier in the day, the Dutch rolled up their fifth consecutive victory.
Central won two of the three doubles points before Johnson took control at No. 3 singles with a 6-2, 6-3 win. She’s 3-0 this season in singles play.
“Chelsea really took care of business and was probably the difference for us,” coach Steve Tyler said. “She put it away and got the match we needed at the end.”
Freshman Angie Allgood (Muscatine) battled for a 6-1, 7-5 victory at No. 1 singles and finished the day with four wins. Freshman Anna Bowser (Fort Dodge) won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 6 singles.
“The ladies performed well against a very good Morningside team,” Tyler said. “We knew that they were experienced and we squeaked it out. It was a close match.”
Central has blanked four teams this season, including Grand View.
“Grand View’s just building its program so we were a more experienced team this morning and got a lot of people in to play,” Tyler said.
Freshman Megan Davis (Highlands Ranch, Colo., Valor Christian HS), Bowser and freshman Amanda Kuhn (Glen Ellyn, Ill., Glenbard South HS) each finished with three wins.
The Dutch (8-1) have a tough stretch ahead. Central hosts defending league champion Coe College Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and meet Wartburg College and Luther College next Saturday on the road.
“We’ve got three big conference meets coming up,” Tyler said. “Coe’s going to be very good and it’ll be fun to see how we do against them.”