19 top-three league team finishes in past 34 years
SEARCY, Ark. — The Central College men’s and women’s tennis teams rounded out their spring break trip to Arkansas Wednesday as both squads were swept by Division II Harding University (Ark.) 9-0.
“Despite the result, I was pleased with the effort,” said coach Steve Tyler. “Harding is a very good Division II team with a lot of international athletes who are playing on scholarship.”
Neither Dutch squad saw much offensive production, The Harding men (15-0) blanked Central (6-6) in four matches on the day.
Sophomore Zane Hendricks (Fort Dodge) accounted for the two highest-scoring matches for the Dutch. He was bested 6-4, 6-4 at No. 3 singles and teamed with Collin Schares (freshman, Johnston) at No. 3 doubles, suffering an 8-4 defeat.
“This Arkansas trip sends the men into Iowa Conference play having seen some very good competition,” said Tyler. “That should bode well.”
In women’s action, Harding (11-2) was equally dominant, holding Central (7-11) scoreless in six matches.
Blake Taylor (sophomore, Tama, South Tama HS) and Riley Taylor (senior, Tama, South Tama HS) played at No. 1 doubles and were shut down 8-2.
“Obviously the spring is not the traditional season for the women, but the experience will be good for the future,” said Tyler. “Our main goal for the women on this trip was to work on improvement and look forward to next fall.”
Both Central teams were 1-2 in spring break showdowns.
The men’s squad rests for 10 days before hosting Westminster College (Mo.) and conference foe Buena Vista University March 24. Start time is 9 a.m. As of Wednesday, Westminster is 3-6 and Buena Vista is 4-5. Central toppled the Beavers 9-0 in the fall.
The women’s squad has three matches remaining in the spring season, which resumes March 27 when Grand View University visits the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex for a 4 p.m. start.