18 top-three league team finishes in past 31 years
CEDAR RAPIDS-The Central College women’s tennis team was bested 8-1 in its Iowa Conference dual at Coe on Saturday morning.
Katie Todd (sophomore, Cedar Falls) was the lone winner for the Dutch. Todd dropped the first set, but won the second and the third-set super tiebreaker in a 4-6, 6-4, 10-6 win at No. 6 singles over Diannah Watson. Todd is undefeated (6-0) at No. 6 this season.
“Katie scored a big win,” coach Steve Tyler said. “Winning throughout the lineup is huge and will be very important for us moving forward.”
The Kohawks (6-0, 3-0 conf.) swept the three doubles matches for an early lead and Central was unable to recover. Angie Allgood (sophomore, Muscatine) and Megan Davis (sophomore, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Valor Christian HS) led early at No. 1, but was unable to hold on and lost 8-6. Ashlyn Huegel (junior, Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS) and Anna Bowser (sophomore, Fort Dodge) battled at No. 2 doubles, but also lost by one break of service.
The two teams battled throughout the lineup in singles. Coe won in straight sets at the top four positions, but needed an extra game and a second-set tiebreaker at No. 3. The Kohawks added a win at No. 5 singles in a third-set super tiebreaker to complete the meet.
“We played well today,” said Tyler. “We played with them in doubles and had numerous tight sets in singles, but were unable to capitalize. We showed we can play with them. We are not happy that we got beat, but it shows we can execute against one of the best teams in the conference. I am excited about the remainder of the season.”
The Dutch (5-1, 2-1 conf.) return to the court on Tuesday versus conference foe Buena Vista (3-3, 2-3 conf.). The two teams square off on a neutral court in Fort Dodge at 3:30 p.m. Last season Central shut out the Beavers 9-0 in Fort Dodge.