14 Iowa Conference team titles
WAVERLY—The Central College men’s tennis team opened its season on a winning note with a 6-3 victory over Edgewood College (Wis.) Sunday evening.
Playing on the Wartburg College campus, the Dutch (3-0 overall) won at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles and Nos. 1, 4, 5 and 6 singles. No. 6 singles player BJ Cunningham (senior, Cedar Rapids, Kennedy HS) clinched the meet with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Ben Pratscher.
“We played pretty tight, but it’s our first meet and that happens,” coach Steve Tyler said. ““BJ came in without a lot of match experience, which made his day all the more impressive.”
West Adelman (sophomore, Geneva, Ill.), John Seier (senior, Waverly, Neb.) and Cunningham were in on two wins apiece, as three singles matches needed a third-set super tiebreak to determine a winner.
Adelman won at the top spot in singles and doubles, outlasting Edgewood’s (0-4 overall) Austin Papenthien 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-5) and teaming up with Tim Kahl (junior, Grinnell) for an 8-4 win over Papenthien and Patrick Lagman.
“West really dug deep for his singles win,” Tyler said. “It was huge moment in today’s meet. Tim played great tennis today as well, despite the singles loss.”
Seier won the final singles match of the day 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-4) over Alex Hadjiev and paired with Cunningham for an 8-3 win over Hadjiev and Pratscher at No. 3 doubles.
Collin Schares (junior, Johnston) was a 6-2, 6-0 winner at No. 5 singles over Michael Wanta.
“Everybody contributed today,” said Tyler. “We played with a lot of focus, but without the confidence that we need to have in matches. It was important to experience the actual play of a match and it’s nice to get a win to open the season.”
The Dutch return to the courts Feb. 15 for a pair of home meets against Morningside College and Knox College (Ill.). The Mustangs open their season Feb. 14 at Grand View University, while the Prairie Fire hosts Cornell College Feb. 8 in its season opener. Start times are set for 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.