14 Iowa Conference team titles
PELLA—The Central College men’s tennis team topped Grand View for the second time this calendar year, but improved on its fall result with Friday’s 9-0 win.
The Dutch (6-2 overall) edged the Vikings (2-3 overall) 5-4 at Des Moines Sept. 13, but limited the suspense in the return trip with the shutout. Doubles was an overwhelming success the second go-round, as Central swept in convincing fashion.
West Adelman (sophomore, Geneva, Ill.) and Tim Kahl (junior, Grinnell) teamed up for an 8-5 win over Jordan Feige and Anthony Forcucci at No. 1, while Josh Forst (junior, Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) and John Seier (senior, Waverly, Neb.) were 8-3 winners over Tyler Johnson and Ryan Gilbert at No. 2. Collin Schares (junior, Johnston) and BJ Cunningham (senior, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy HS) matched Forst and Seier’s score for the win over Phil Kruzan, Jr. and Diego Novoa at No. 3, avenging Central’s lone doubles loss from the fall meeting.
“We played great tennis today,” coach Steve Tyler said. “Doubles was the key, as always. Collin and BJ were down early, but settled down and played well late in the match.”
Singles was more of the same, as all six Dutch players won in straight sets.
Adelman dominated start-to-finish in a 6-1, 6-4 win over Feige at the top spot. Kahl needed a second-set tiebreak to top Forcucci, who played No. 1 in the fall, at No. 2 singles. Forst was a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Johnson at No. 3, while Schares needed a second-set tiebreak to top Gilbert at No. 4. Seier and Cunningham, the two matches in the second wave, each won 6-2, 6-3 over Kruzan, Jr. and Norris at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively.
“We had great energy tonight,” said Tyler. “It was a good week of practice and we were extremely focused. It’s good timing for a win.”
“It sets us up well for Grinnell and spring break in St. Louis.”
The Dutch return to H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse for their March 8 meeting with Grinnell College (9-3 overall) at 11 a.m. The two teams last played March 5, 2011, an 8-1 win for the Pioneers at Grinnell.