14 Iowa Conference team titles
Waverly — The Central College men’s tennis team opened its spring schedule by coming up on opposite ends of two shutout contests Sunday, blanking Edgewood College (Wis.) 9-0 before being shut down by Iowa Conference foe Wartburg College, 9-0.
Commanding performances in doubles action set the tone against Edgewood. Sophomore Kyle Freischlag (Downers Grove, Ill./ Downers Grove South HS) and freshman Josh Forst (Woodridge, Ill./ Downers Grove South HS) got an 8-2 win at the No. 2 spot and freshman Tim Kahl (Grinnell) teamed with sophomore John Seier (Lincoln, Neb./ Waverly HS) for another 8-2 win at the No. 3 spot.
In singles play, senior Seth Harris (Waverly, Neb.) led the Dutch charge with a shutout 6-0, 6-0 win at the No. 1 spot. Sophomore Zane Hendricks (Fort Dodge) won 6-0, 6-1 in No. 4 action and Freischlag pulled out a 7-6, 6-3 win at the No. 2 spot.
“We played well against Edgewood,” said coach Steve Tyler. “There wasn’t much we could have done better.”
Against Wartburg, Harris had the closest match for Central, falling 6-4, 7-5. Tyler said mental mistakes took a toll against the Knights.
“I thought we would compete a little better,” said Tyler. “We weren’t as steady as I wanted to be. We made way too many unforced errors and we needed to serve better.
“It gave us a good read on where we are. We liked out chances against Wartburg but they took it to us pretty hard. They outplayed us and I’ve got to tip my hat to them. It definitely showed us what we need to work on.”
Counting two wins from the nontraditional fall season, Central moves to 3-1 overall.
The Dutch travel to Lincoln, Neb. Saturday where they face host Neb. Wesleyan University at 9 a.m. and William Jewel College (Mo.) at noon. Neb. Wesleyan is 0-2 and William Jewel currently sits at 0-1.