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Central men’s tennis team suffers first losses of year

Men's tennis | Feb. 22, 2014

LINCOLN, NEB.—The Central College men’s tennis team suffered its first losses of the year to Nebraska Wesleyan and William Jewell (Neb.) by identical 8-1 scores.

The Dutch (5-2 overall) could not find their footing on the faster surface, as the Prairie Wolves (2-2 overall) won the early meet before the Cardinals (2-1 overall) matched the result in the afternoon.

Extra games were needed at Nos. 1 and 3 doubles, but Nebraska Wesleyan came out on top in both and swept the three matches. The Prairie Wolves won at the Nos. 1-5 singles spots, including one in a super tiebreak.

“We came out and played tough in doubles, but we lost all three,” coach Steve Tyler said. “We had our chances, but we didn’t convert. Losing all three doubles really took the wind out of our sails.”

Senior BJ Cunningham (Cedar Rapids, Kennedy HS) was Central’s lone winner in the morning meet at No. 6 singles, outlasting Seth Shimerda 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-6).

“Nebraska Wesleyan is a good team,” said Tyler. “They brought in two freshmen at Nos. 1 and 2, which slid last year’s top player to No. 3. That’s tough to compete with.

“We played well throughout the lineup and had a lot of close matches, but we couldn’t do it. We were right there on their surface, but they’re much improved.”

In the second meet of the day, senior John Seier (Waverly, Neb.), who is featured in the most recent edition of the Central Close-up, was a winner over Isaac Hamilton at No. 5 singles. After dropping the first set, he rallied 6-4 in the second set and won the super tiebreak 10-5.

William Jewell won in straight sets at all other positions, including a 7-6, 7-5 battle between Cunningham and AJ Naanep at No. 6 singles.

“It was the same story in the afternoon,” Tyler said. “I felt pretty good about the day overall. I thought we played well, but we didn’t win close matches today.

“It’ll be good to be home next week.”

The Dutch return to the H.S. Kuyper Fieldhouse courts Friday for a 4 p.m. contest against Grand View University (2-2 overall). The Dutch edged the Vikings 5-4 Sept. 13 at Des Moines, with the meet being decided by a super tiebreak won by Adelman at No. 1 singles.

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