18 top-three league team finishes in past 31 years
ORLANDO, FLA.—The bottom of the lineup came through again for the Dutch but it wasn’t enough as Bethel University (Minn.) stopped the Central College men’s tennis team 5-4 Monday.
Meanwhile, the women’s team battled Bethel to four tiebreakers but dropped the match 9-0.
Tim Kahl (sophomore, Grinnell) and John Seier (junior, Waverly, Neb.) each picked up two wins. They paired for an 8-4 No. 2 doubles triumph, the squad’s only doubles victory, before Kahl scored a 1-6, 6-1, 10-3 win at No. 3 singles and Seier registered a 1-6, 6-3, 10-8 victory at No. 6. Zane Hendricks (junior, Fort Dodge) had Central’s other win at No. 4 singles at 7-5, 6-4.
“The bottom of the singles lineup played hot today,” coach Steve Tyler said. “Everyone had to move up a spot and John came in at No. 6 and got the win. We played well but just came up one match short.”
Kyle Freischlag (junior, Downers Grove, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) had an injury flare up during the doubles competition and was sidelined in singles action, forcing the rest of the lineup to slide up in the order.
“It’s tough without Kyle but there were a lot of bright spots today,” Tyler said.
Central slipped to 7-3 while Bethel improved to 1-4.
Women show improvement—Central (8-6) didn’t make it easy for the Royals (4-4). Angie Allgood (freshman, Muscatine) and Megan Davis (freshman, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Valor Christian HS) made a push at No. 1 doubles before falling 9-8 (7-4). Allgood also lost in a tiebreaker at No. 1 singles, 4-6, 6-2 (10-8).
Nos. 5 and 6 singles were also outlasted in tiebreakers. Anna Bowser (freshman, Fort Dodge) was defeated 6-0, 3-6 (10-2) at No. 5 while Ashlyn Huegel (sophomore, Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS) was tripped 6-1, 4-6 (10-5) at No. 6.
“We played much better today and that’s what I’m looking for,” Tyler said. “Bethel is a very athletic team, but I’m optimistic. We played all sophomores and freshmen and it’s early in the spring. We need to keep our chins up.”
Both teams wrap up spring break competition against NCAA Division II Augustana College (S.D.) Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. (EST).