18 top-three league team finishes in past 31 years
PELLA — The Central College women’s tennis team was overpowered by two conference match ups against Luther College and Wartburg College Saturday, losing 8-1 and 6-3, respectively.
Against Luther (7-3), the Dutch dropped all three doubles matches and five of six singles. No. 1 doubles team Angie Allgood (sophomore, Muscatine) and Megan Davis (sophomore, Highland Ranch, Colo., Valor Christian HS) came close to a victory, but lost in a tiebreak 9-8 (10-8). At the top spot in singles, Allgood won after a tiebreak, 7-6 (8-6), 6-0. Although the team lost to Luther, head coach Steve Tyler cited their effort.
“We played well against Luther,” he said. “They played hard. Luther is at the top of the league and we were pushing them.”
In the Wartburg (8-3) matches, Allgood and Davis swept the top doubles match 8-4.
“I was really impressed with Angie and Megan,” said Tyler. “They took care of business in the No. 1 doubles spot.”
Anna Bowser (sophomore, Fort Dodge) and Ashlyn Huegel (junior, Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley HS) were ahead 4-1 in No. 2 doubles, but lost momentum and dropped the match 8-5.
At the top of the order in singles matches, Allgood finished with a 6-0, 6-2 victory. Davis fought at No. 2, but lost 6-4, 6-7 (8-6), 1-0 (10-4).
“Megan probably had one of the toughest matches I have seen in at least five years,” Tyler said. “She had multiple match points and just barely lost.”
No. 4 Huegel lost in a third-set super tiebreak 1-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-8) and No. 3 Bowser rounded out Central’s wins, 7-5, 6-2.
“We could have won against Wartburg if a few more points had tipped our way,” said Tyler. “But I am proud of how they played, and a lot of those matches were the tightest matches I have seen in a long time.”
The Dutch have the week to prepare for the Iowa Conference individual tournament. Central (8-3) will compete Oct. 5 at Decorah.