14 Iowa Conference team titles
CEDAR RAPIDS— Central College captured a regular season victory over the University of Dubuque but Friday night the Spartans avenged the loss and handed the Dutch a 5-1 defeat in the Iowa Conference men’s tennis tournament.
The Dutch (11-11) took a 6-3 win from the Spartans back in April. Dubuque (15-9) was better prepared this time.
“We knew Dubuque would be ready for us and they played better than we did up top,” coach Steve Tyler said. “I tip my hat to them. They played very well.”
Central’s lone win came at No. 3 doubles, an 8-2 victory by Tim Kahl (freshman, Grinnell) and John Seier (sophomore, Waverly, Neb.).
“John had the first serve and did great and Dubuque immediately broke,” Tyler said. “Then Tim served well and we went up 3-0 and really started to cruise. It was nice to see from a freshman and sophomore.”
Zane Hendricks (sophomore, Fort Dodge) battled at No. 4 singles, going up 5-2 in the first set before suffering a 7-5, 6-1 loss. Collin Schares (freshman, Johnston) also had a tight match at No. 3 singles. He won the first set 6-3, lost the second 6-0 and was behind 3-2 in the third before the match was called.
Singles matches at Nos. 5 and 6 were also left unfinished once Dubuque captured five wins, enough to clinch the team win.
“Our strength is our depth and Dubuque got to five before we could really roll out our fifth and sixth singles players,” Tyler said. “We had to have life to give them time on the court and they didn’t get very far into their matches.”
In a quick turnaround, Central takes on Cornell College (13-11) for fifth place Saturday at 9 a.m. in Cedar Rapids. The Rams defeated the Dutch 6-3 two weeks ago.
“We have to come back tomorrow and try to knock off Cornell,” Tyler said. “We’ll be ready to play.”