14 Iowa Conference team titles
MANKATO, MINN.—Senior Kyle Freischlag (Downers Grove, Ill., South HS) made his season debut for the Central College men’s tennis team, which swept Bethany Lutheran College (Minn.) 9-0 Saturday afternoon.
Freischlag, who missed the entire fall season and the beginning of the spring season due to injury, helped the Dutch (8-5) shut out the Vikings (1-8) by filling two holes in the lineup, as Central was without No. 1 doubles and No. 2 singles player Tim Kahl (junior, Grinnell), who missed the meet due to illness.
“It’s very nice to have Kyle back,” coach Steve Tyler said. “He’s getting back into tennis shape and the timing of his return was important with Tim being out.”
Central dominated the three doubles matches by a combined score of 24-2.
Freischlag and sophomore West Adelman (Geneva, Ill.) teamed up for an 8-1 win over Jacob Kubler and Ryan Koch at No. 1. Junior Josh Forst (Woodridge, Ill., Downers Grove South HS) and senior John Seier (Waverly, Neb.) matched the feat at No. 2 with an 8-1 win over Troy Hoyord and Zach Carlson.
Junior Collin Schares (Johnston) and senior BJ Cunningham (Cedar Rapids, Kennedy HS) finished it off with an 8-0 shutout at No. 3 over Paul Riediger and Jacob Friendt.
Singles was all Dutch as well.
Adelman was a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Kubler at the top spot, while Forst topped Koch 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2. Schares was a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Hoyord at No. 3, followed by Seier’s 6-0, 6-0 shutout of Carlson at No. 4. It’s Seier’s seventh straight win (10-3).
Freischlag topped Riediger 6-2, 6-3 for his first win of the season, while Cunningham closed out the meet with a 6-0, 6-0 shutout of Friendt.
It’s Central’s second shutout of the season after its 9-0 win over Grand View Feb. 28.
“We overpowered Bethany Lutheran,” said Tyler. “Our depth and experience showed in the meet today. It’s always nice to get a win and it’s good preparation for next week.”
The Dutch are back in action next Saturday for its Iowa Conference openers against Loras College (0-6 overall, 0-2 conference) and the University of Dubuque (1-7 overall, 0-2 conference). Central visits the Duhawks at 9 a.m. and the Spartans at 1 p.m.