14 Iowa Conference team titles
INDIANOLA—In its final match on the road for the regular spring season, the Central College men’s tennis team rolled past Iowa Conference opponent Simpson College 8-1 Saturday.
After sweeping the doubles matches, the Dutch won five of six singles matches, three in straight sets, and posted two comeback wins.
“We played pretty well today,” said coach Steve Tyler. “We didn’t play as crisply as we have in the past, but we ramped up and played well.”
Kyle Freischlag (junior, Downers Grove, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) and West Adelman (freshman, Geneva, Ill.) narrowly nabbed the victory at No. 1 doubles, 8-5. At No. 2 doubles Tim Kahl (sophomore, Grinnell) and John Seier (junior, Waverly, Neb.) came back from a close match and won 8-6. Zane Hendricks (junior, Fort Dodge) and Josh Forst (sophomore, Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) finished the doubles sweep at No. 3 with an 8-2 win.
“Tim and John had a really close match,” Tyler said. “There were a lot of service changes and they were down 6-5 at one point before coming back and winning it out.”
The singles matches went just as well as the doubles. Adelman, Kahl and Hendricks won at Nos. 2, 4 and 5 singles, respectively. Adelman won 7-5, 6-4, Kahl had a quick victory, 6-2, 6-0 and Hendricks contributed with a 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 win. Collin Schares (sophomore, Johnston) started to stumble at No. 3 singles, but found a way to dig in with a win in a tiebreaker, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8. Senior Pat Daly (Shawnee, Kan., Shawnee Mission NW HS) wrapped up the wins at No. 6 singles with a 6-3, 6-0 victory.
“Collin started slow and fell behind quickly,” said Tyler. “It was a tight match, but he came back in the breaker and had a really nice win.”
Central (12-5 overall, 5-2 conference) closes out the regular season Tuesday at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex tennis courts in Pella. The Dutch play Wartburg College (11-8 overall, 3-2 conference) at 3:30 p.m.