18 top-three league team finishes in past 31 years
ORLANDO, FLA.—Three wins at the bottom of the singles lineup powered the Central College men’s tennis team to a 5-4 triumph against the College of St. Scholastica (Minn.) Sunday.
Meanwhile, after a four-month hiatus the women’s tennis team suffered a 9-0 setback to the Saints.
The Dutch men faced a 4-2 deficit with three singles matches remaining. Tim Kahl (sophomore, Grinnell) scored a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 4 before Zane Hendricks (junior, Fort Dodge) rebounded with a tiebreaker win at No. 5 to even the score. Hendricks easily won the first set 6-1, dropped the second set 6-0 but rebounded in the tiebreaker 10-6.
“Zane had a nice first set but lost focus and had the tables turned on him,” coach Steve Tyler said. “But he pulled it together in the tiebreaker to win a close one.”
Josh Forst (sophomore, Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) sealed the win at No. 6, 6-2, 6-1.
“Josh stepped up for the win and the bottom of the lineup really came through for us,” Tyler said. “St. Scholastica is having one of their best spring seasons ever and this was a great start to our spring break play.”
West Adelman (freshman, Geneva, Ill.) garnered two wins for the Dutch at No. 1 singles, 6-2, 7-5, and paired with Kyle Freischlag (junior, Downers Grove, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) for an 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles.
Central improved to 7-2 overall with a 5-2 spring mark while the Saints dropped to 7-3.
Women swept by the Saints—With just five days of practice before their first competition in four months, the Dutch women struggled to win close matches Sunday.
“We were a little rusty,” Tyler said. “We had some tight matches but just didn’t execute. I expect us to play better in the next two days.”
Megan Davis (freshman, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Valor Christian HS) battled to a tiebreaker at No. 2 singles before falling 6-2, 7-6 (7-4). Davis partnered with Angie Allgood (freshman, Muscatine) at No. 1 doubles in an 8-6 loss and Central was also close in a 9-8 (7-4) defeat at No. 3 doubles with Amanda Kuhn (freshman, Glen Ellyn, Ill., Glenbard South HS) and Ashlyn Huegel (sophomore, Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS).
“Megan could have split her set and we could have easily gone ahead 2-1 after doubles play,” Tyler said.
Central slipped to 8-5 overall and the Saints improved to 6-3.
Both teams are back on the court Monday at 8 a.m. (EST), taking on Bethel University (Minn.).