14 Iowa Conference team titles
PELLA—Central College rolled up two Iowa Conference men’s tennis wins Saturday, picking up an 8-1 triumph over Loras College before taking a 7-2 victory against the University of Dubuque.
Meanwhile, the Dutch women swept the doubles matches en route to an 8-1 win against Northwestern College (Iowa.)
Against Dubuque, junior Zane Hendricks (Fort Dodge) and sophomore Josh Forst (Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) teamed at No. 3 doubles and rallied for a 9-7 win.
“Zane and Josh were down and fought off match point but came back for the win to give us a 2-1 lead after doubles play,” coach Steve Tyler said. “It was a big win. If it would have gone the other way the pressure would have turned in singles action.”
Sophomore Tim Kahl (Grinnell) had four wins for the day. He posted a 6-0, 6-0 shutout at No. 6 singles against Loras and a 6-1, 6-2 triumph against Dubuque. Kahl paired with junior John Seier (Lincoln, Neb., Waverly HS) for 8-2 wins over each team at No. 2 doubles.
Facing 20 mph wind with up to 30 mph gusts, Tyler said Central’s mental game was key to the team’s success.
“The entire day was a mental battle and we focused well,” Tyler said. “We played against the wind and ourselves as much as against Loras (1-9) and Dubuque (3-10). It was difficult in the wind and some players just gave up, but we didn’t.”
Central improved to 10-4 with a 2-1 mark against league opponents. The Dutch trek to Storm Lake next Saturday, facing Buena Vista University (7-3) at 1 p.m.
Doubles teams lift Central women—Sophomore Ashlyn Huegel (Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS) and freshman Amanda Kuhn (Glen Ellyn, Ill, Glenbard South HS) picked up a crucial 9-8 (3-0) comeback victory at No. 3 for the doubles sweep against the Red Raiders (3-6).
“Ashlyn and Amanda were down the entire match but rallied for the win,” Tyler said. “They showed intestinal fortitude. They hung in there, didn’t give up and played as a team. They believed they were capable of winning and they did.”
Freshman Angie Allgood (Muscatine) won twice at the top of the lineup with a 7-5, 6-3 victory at No. 1 singles after partnering with freshman Megan Davis (Highlands Ranch, Colo., Valor Christian HS) for an 8-1 doubles win.
“Angie took care of business in singles, beating a very good opponent with hard hits and big ground strokes,” Tyler said.
Tyler was pleased with the performances up and down the lineup.
“I continue to be jazzed about what we’re seeing from the women, all the way around,” he said. “We are playing really well right now.”
The Dutch (10-6) are back in action April 16, playing host to Simpson College at 3:30 p.m. at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex tennis courts.