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Dutch dominate middle meet of men’s tennis spring trip

Men's tennis | March 17, 2014

FULTON, MO.—The Central College men’s tennis team turned the tables after Saturday’s narrow defeat with an 8-1 statement win over Westminster (Mo.) Monday.

The Dutch (7-4) swept the three doubles matches in convincing fashion and did not let up in singles, taking five of six from the Blue Jays (0-5).

“We played well and the weather was perfect,” coach Steve Tyler said. “That’s a good win for us and we did it on their courts. I was really happy with our energy and effort.”

Sophomore West Adelman (Geneva, Ill.) and junior Tim Kahl (Grinnell) kicked it off with an 8-2 win over Alec Belden and Nate Connell at No. 1 doubles. The win set the tone, as junior Josh Forst (Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) and senior John Seier (Waverly, Neb.) won 8-4 at No. 2 and  junior Collin Schares (Johnston) and senior BJ Cunningham (Cedar Rapids, Kennedy HS) won 8-3 at No. 3.

Tyler described the doubles sweep as the key to the meet.

Adelman continued to lead in singles with a straight-set win over Tyler Wollmershauser at No. 1, while Kahl needed a third-set super tiebreak to top Belden at No. 2.

Seier, Cunningham and junior Chris Kosmicki (Greeley, Colo., Northridge HS) were straight-set winners at Nos. 4, 5 and 6, respectively. Seier topped Reese Hicks 6-2, 6-1, while Cunningham did the opposite with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Kody Renner. Kosmicki dispatched Justin Wollmershauser 6-3, 6-3.

“Chris got his first varsity win, which is always fun,” said Tyler. “Now we prepare for Tuesday in hopes of doing it again.”

One more date remains on Central’s spring break trip in Tuesday’s 4:45 p.m. meeting with Principia (Ill.) at Elsah, Ill. The Panthers are 1-6 on the year.

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