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ST. LOUIS, MO.—The Central College men’s tennis team suffered a 5-4 setback at the hands of Missouri Baptist to open its spring trip Saturday.
Playing the first of three meets in four days, the Dutch (6-4) dropped two of the three doubles matches to the Spartans (2-2) and split the six singles matches, resulting in the loss.
“It was a really competitive meet,” coach Steve Tyler said. “It was really windy today, but it’s always a little bit of a transition playing outside. Missouri Baptist played well. We’ll improve as we go on this trip.”
Sophomore West Adelman (Geneva, Ill.) and junior Tim Kahl (Grinnell) teamed up for an 8-5 win at the top doubles spot over Drew Morris and Ian Furey, but Missouri Baptist won at Nos. 2 and 3 for the early advantage.
The Dutch won three of the four singles matches that required third-set super tiebreaks, but were unable to secure a fourth match for the win. Kahl, junior Josh Forst (Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) and senior John Seier (Waverly, Neb.) each won their respective 10-point tiebreak.
Kahl outlasted Tanner Morris 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7) at No. 2, while Forst also held on for a 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5) victory over Cody Taplin at No. 3. Seier rallied after dropping the first set to Sean Nanney at No. 5 for a 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) win.
“We played really well in singles,” said Tyler. “All of our wins today were quality, but we needed to find one more.”
The Spartans won the super tiebreak at No. 4 and won in straight sets at Nos. 1 and 6.
The Dutch remain on the spring break trail Monday at noon against Westminster (Mo.) (0-3) at Fulton, Mo. The Blue Jays dropped their spring openers against Grinnell (9-0) and Grand View (6-3) on the first of the month.