18 top-three league team finishes in past 32 years
CEDAR RAPIDS—The Central College women’s tennis team was shut out in its Iowa Conference semifinal against host and top-seeded Coe College before succumbing to third-seeded Wartburg College in the third-place match, placing fourth, its best league finish since 2008.
“We played well today, but Coe and Wartburg are good teams,” assistant coach Nick Rohner said. “Overall, I’m happy with our improvements this season and how we competed this weekend.”
In the third-place match, the Knights (11-7 overall) took two out of the three doubles matches and never lost the advantage.
Angie Allgood (sophomore, Muscatine) and Megan Davis (sophomore, Littleton, Colo., Valor Christian HS) scored Central’s lone doubles win at the top spot, dominating Melissa Davis and Liz Rucker 8-3. But Wartburg won 8-1 at No. 2 and 8-4 at No. 3.
All six singles matches were close, but the Knights prevailed in straight sets at Nos. 2, 4 and 5 to clinch the meet and third place.
Sarah Montgomery (junior, Bettendorf) used a first-set tiebreak to top Emily Rasmussen 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 at No. 3, while Morgan Ernst (freshman, Pella) and Berit Seeburg needed a full third set with Ernst outlasting Seeburg 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
Allgood and Katherine Ross split sets at No. 1, but did not finish.
“We were down after doubles against Wartburg, but all of our singles matches were close,” said Rohner. “We had a chance to win, but they finished strong. We were very evenly matched, but it went Wartburg’s way today.”
In the semifinal, the Kohawks swept the three doubles matches after Jordan Ferree and Laura Birky withstood a spirited effort from Allgood and Davis, outlasting the Dutch duo 8-5.
Coe notched singles wins at Nos. 3 and 4 to reach decision. Davis led Ferree 6-3, 0-3 at No. 2 when play was halted.
“Coe played really well in doubles and was steady in singles,” said Rohner. “They crossed really well in doubles and directed the ball well through the wind in singles. They’re a very good team, as evidenced by their win in the afternoon.”
The Kohawks went on to win the team tournament.
The results capped the 2013-14 campaign, which included two all-conference performers in Allgood (singles, doubles) and Davis (doubles).