14 Iowa Conference team titles
ELSAH, ILL.—The Central College men’s tennis team dropped its second 5-4 decision in three days on the road at Principia (Ill.) Tuesday.
The Dutch (7-5) won two of the three doubles matches for the early advantage, but the Panthers (2-6) were victorious in the first four singles matches on court, clinching the meet.
“It was just a matter of not having all the cylinders hitting at the same time,” coach Steve Tyler said. “We were in some of those singles matches, but we needed a point here and a point there. We need to learn to win the close meets.”
Sophomore West Adelman (Geneva, Ill.) and junior Tim Kahl (Grinnell) teamed up for an 8-6 win over Jason Wissman and Joey Sander at the top doubles spot. Tyler described it as the duo’s best match of the season. Principia won at No. 2, but junior Collin Schares (Johnston) and senior BJ Cunningham (Cedar Rapids, Kennedy HS) salvaged the lead with an 8-4 win over Andrew Rohrer and Aaron Switzer at No. 3.
Singles did not go according to plan, as the Panthers were straight-set winners at Nos. 1-4. Tyler noted Schares’ battle at No. 4, but Principia’s Rohrer held on for a 6-1, 7-5 win.
“We were up and we had life, but we needed more in singles,” said Tyler.
Senior John Seier (Waverly, Neb.) needed a third-set super tiebreak to top Daniel Drake at 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-7) at No. 5. It’s Seier’s sixth consecutive win. Cunningham was a 6-2, 6-4 winner over Kenny Sydness at No. 6, but it was too little, too late.
The Dutch return from their spring break trip, but remain on the road for a March 29 meeting with Bethany Lutheran (Minn.). The Vikings are 0-6 on the season, including losses to Iowa Conference opponents Simpson (8-1), Wartburg (9-0) and Buena Vista (8-1).