18 top-three league team finishes in past 31 years
CEDAR RAPIDS—The Central College women’s tennis team shut out Loras College 5-0 in Friday’s Iowa Conference team tournament first round, advancing to face host and top-seeded Coe College in Saturday’s semifinal at 9 a.m.
With the two teams playing to decision, the No. 4-seeded Dutch (11-4 overall) dominated the meet from the first toss, dispatching the No. 5-seeded Duhawks (4-9 overall) in five matches.
“We played great,” coach Steve Tyler said. “It was a peak performance for us today. It’s a very good win and it sets us up well for tomorrow.”
Angie Allgood (sophomore, Muscatine) and Megan Davis (sophomore, Littleton, Colo., Valor Christian HS) accounted for three wins, shutting out Jessica Dickhut and Maggie Clements at the top doubles spot before coasting to singles wins. Allgood topped Dickhut 6-0, 6-1 at No. 1, while Davis won 6-2, 6-0 over Caroline Rainey at No. 2.
“Angie played very well,” said Tyler. “Megan also played great. She had a lot of patience, played from the baseline and didn’t rush.”
Sarah Montgomery (junior, Bettendorf) and Katie Todd (sophomore, Cedar Falls), playing doubles together for the first time this year, topped Rainey and Rebecca Weglarz 8-5 at No. 2. The Pella duo of Jessie Ryals (sophomore) and Morgan Ernst (freshman) matched Montgomery and Todd’s score for the win over Carrie Crabill and Kelsey Woodward at No. 3.
The remaining singles matches were unfinished, as the meet reached decision.
Central bested Loras 8-1 Sept. 7 at Dubuque, but sported a much different lineup Friday due to the absence of sophomore Anna Bowser (Fort Dodge) and junior Ashlyn Huegel (Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS), who accounted for wins at Nos. 3 and 4 singles and No. 2 doubles in the fall. Bowser and Huegel are spending the spring semester studying overseas through Central College Abroad.
“It was a great team win,” said Tyler. “It was fun to get through the first round and now we’ll have our hands full with Coe.”
The Dutch take on tournament host and top-seeded Coe College (17-5 overall). The Kohawks handed Central its first loss of the fall season Sept. 14 at Cedar Rapids. Todd was the lone Dutch winner at No. 6 singles.