18 top-three league team finishes in past 32 years
CEDAR RAPIDS— The Central College women’s tennis team stumbled in doubles play during the Iowa Conference women’s tennis tournament, falling to Coe College, 5-0, before losing to Wartburg College, 5-2.
“Since the conference tournament is a play until completion format, the first team to win five matches is the winner,” said assistant coach Nick Rohner. “When we started out both matches losing the doubles rounds, it puts us in a tough spot.”
No. 1-seed Coe (18-4) swept the doubles matches before closing out two singles matches for the victory.
“The team had a really positive attitude the entire day,” Rohner said. “We started with the motto ‘one point at a time’ and tried not to focus on the previous point.”
The Dutch played Wartburg (11-10) for third place in the tournament, but weren’t able to close out the doubles. Angie Allgood (freshman, Muscatine) and Megan Davis (freshman, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Valor Christian HS) were within reach of the No. 1 doubles win, but lost in a breaker, 9-8 (9-7). Later, Allgood handily claimed Central’s first win of the day at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-3. At No. 5 singles, Anna Bowser (freshman, Fort Dodge) took home the second and last victory, 6-1, 6-1.
“Angie played well in singles and really bounced back after a tough doubles loss against Wartburg,” Rohner said. “Overall, everyone played well.”
Central closes its spring season with a 2-5 mark and finishes the year at 10-9. The Dutch will graduate just one senior, Chelsea Johnson (Mount Vernon).
“It is always nice to get the win, but in terms of performance, I couldn’t be happier with how the ladies played,” said Rohner. “They fought until the very last match was claimed. We had our chances to close out matches, but we never gave in until the match was decided.”