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PELLA — The Central College men’s tennis team rolled up two home wins Saturday, topping Morningside College 8-1 before defeating Knox College (Ill.), 6-3.
“We came out and played crisply against Morningside,” said coach Steve Tyler. “They are credible opponents for us, so to come out and beat them 8-1 means we are playing very well.”
Starting the Morningside (0-1) matches off right, Central (5-0) claimed all three doubles matches.
“Winning the doubles was great to see,” Tyler said. “It automatically takes the pressure off us in the singles matches and puts it on the other team. Those matches are what determined our win.”
At No. 1 singles Kyle Freischlag (junior, Downers Grove, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) fought his way into a tiebreaker, but fell short, 3-6, 6-3, 1-0.
“Kyle had a really nice match,” said Tyler. “He came back from behind and gave it his all in the tiebreaker.”
With momentum from the first competition, Central went on to play Knox (2-2), taking two of three doubles matches, including a tight 8-6 victory at No. 2 with Tim Kahl (sophomore, Grinnell) and John Seier (junior, Waverly, Neb.). Kahl later won his No. 4 singles match 6-0, 6-0.
No.1 doubles Freischlag and West Adelman (freshman, Geneva, Ill.) lost in a tiebreaker, 9-8. Adelman had three wins during the day, including a comeback at No. 2 singles against Knox, 7-5, 6-3.
“West had a great comeback,” Tyler said. “He came in from behind and finished off the match nicely.”
At No. 5 singles Zane Hedricks (junior, Fort Dodge) grabbed an easy victory, 6-0, 6-0. Josh Forst (Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South) at No. 6 tallied a 6-1, 6-0 win.
“We had some amazing wins with our singles,” said Tyler. “Tim, Zane and Josh handedly won their matches and really clinched the match for us.”
The Dutch have two weeks to prepare for their next match up on Feb. 23 against Nebraska Wesleyan (0-2) in the H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse at 9 a.m.
“I am very happy with the way we are playing after three weeks of practice,” Tyler said. “The team is coming together. They have a lot of chemistry and great work ethic. We have a lot depth, and I am excited to see them progress throughout the season.”