14 Iowa Conference team titles
PELLA—The Central College men’s tennis team dropped Tuesday’s home meet 8-1 to Iowa Conference leader and regionally ranked Coe College.
The Kohawks (20-4 overall, 6-0 conference), ranked No. 7 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Division III Central Region, narrowly escaped in all three doubles matches and went on to take five of six singles matches from the Dutch (10-6 overall, 2-1 conference).
“We showed we can play with anyone in the conference,” coach Steve Tyler said. “But it’s hats off to Coe. They’re a great team.”
Senior BJ Cunningham (Cedar Rapids, Kennedy HS) chalked up his team-best 13th singles win 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6) over Bill Young at No. 6 singles. But that was all the Dutch (10-6, 2-1 conference) could muster.
“BJ’s win at No. 6 singles was really nice,” Tyler said. “He earned it.”
Sophomore West Adelman (Geneva, Ill.) and junior Tim Kahl (Grinnell) exchanged breaks of service with Noah Sprinkel and Mark Kroll in the top doubles match, but were unable to keep pace and fell 8-6.
Coe pulled away for 8-4 and 8-5 wins at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively.
“I think we competed really well, particularly in doubles,” said Tyler. “We were in each doubles match, but didn’t come out on top. No. 1 doubles was a really good match. It was high quality tennis and West and Tim should be proud of their effort.”
Adelman battled in the first set at the top singles spot before eventually succumbing 6-3, 6-0 to Sprinkel, who is ranked No. 7 in the region. Kahl also gave a spirited effort at No. 2 singles against Ryan Hickman, but was outlasted 7-6 (8-6), 6-3.
Coe won the remaining three singles matches in straight sets.
The Dutch return to the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex tennis courts Saturday for its league bout against Buena Vista University (3-11 overall, 2-3 conference) at noon. Central topped the Beavers 7-2 at Fort Dodge Sept. 17.