14 Iowa Conference team titles
DUBUQUE—The Central College men’s tennis team took two meets from Iowa Conference foes Loras College and Univ. of Dubuque, tallying 8-1 and 9-0 wins Saturday.
The Dutch (10-5 overall, 2-0 conference) topped the Duhawks (0-8 overall, 0-3 conference) in the morning before shutting out the Spartans (1-9 overall, 0-4 conference) in the afternoon. Central has won three meets in a row and four of its last five.
All eight Dutch players contributed to the undefeated Saturday.
“It was a great day for the Dutch,” coach Steve Tyler said. “It was a total team effort. It was a little cold in the morning, but it warmed up and it was nice to play outside.”
In the morning meet, junior Tim Kahl (Grinnell) made his return to the lineup and notched four total wins at No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles. Kahl defeated Jeff Kasel 6-0, 6-2, and teamed up with sophomore West Adelman (Geneva, Ill.) for an 8-4 win over Brian Falvey and Sam Steingraeber. Adelman made it a clean sweep at the top by defeating Falvey 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8) at the top singles spot.
“West had an excellent morning match against Loras and it gave him momentum heading into the afternoon,” said Tyler. “Tim played an outstanding match against Dubuque as well.”
Junior Josh Forst (Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) and senior John Seier (Waverly, Neb.) won 8-2 over Kasel and Ulises Hernandez at No. 2 doubles, while senior Kyle Freischlag (Downers Grove, Ill., South HS) and junior Chris Kosmicki (Greeley, Colo., Northridge HS) topped Neil Kane and Ken Tucker 8-3 at No. 3.
Forst, Collin Schares (junior, Johnston) and Kosmicki were straight-set winners at Nos. 3, 4 and 6, respectively, dropping no more than three games in a single set.
The Duhawks tallied their only win at No. 5 singles.
In the nightcap against Dubuque, Adelman and Kahl shut out Dishon Deering and Andrew Drummond at No. 1 doubles. Forst and Seier topped Nikolay Gospodinov and Trevor Calahan 8-4, while Schares and BJ Cunningham (senior, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy HS) won 8-2 at No. 3 over Brandon Kroeger and Sean O'Meara.
The Dutch won all six singles matches in straight sets. Forst and Seier scored shutout wins over Kroeger and Calahan at Nos. 3 and 5, respectively. It’s Seier’s eighth straight singles win, improving to 11-3 overall.
“John’s seeing the ball really well,” Tyler said. “He continues to perform at a consistently high level and he was excellent again today.”
Cunningham notched his team-leading 12th singles win 6-0, 6-2 at No. 6.
“We’re hitting on all cylinders,” said Tyler. “We’re looking forward to our next meet.”
Next Central plays host to Coe College (18-4 overall, 4-0 conference) Tuesday. Last season the Kohawks were 8-1 winners at Cedar Rapids. Start time at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex tennis courts is 3:30 p.m.