19 top-three league team finishes in past 34 years
INDIANOLA—The Central College women’s tennis team continued its nontraditional season Thursday, scoring a yearly sweep of Simpson College with a 7-2 victory.
The Dutch (10-3 overall, 2-0 spring) defeated the Storm (1-15 overall, 0-3 spring) for the second time this year, as Central aced Simpson 6-3 Sept. 24 at Pella.
“It was a great day for tennis and nice to get the win,” coach Steve Tyler said.
As Tyler always says, doubles was the key. The Dutch jumped out to the early lead by sweeping the three doubles matches.
Sophomores Angie Allgood (Muscatine) and Megan Davis (Littleton, Colo., Valor Christian HS) dominated at the top spot, setting the tone with an 8-1 win over Kelli Ehrhardt and Kelli Greiner. Juniors Sarah Montgomery (Bettendorf) and Jordan Langer (Madison, Wis., Verona HS), playing up one spot due to the absence of student-athletes studying abroad, outlasted Michelle Hartmann and Krista Rogers 9-7 at No. 2. The all-Pella duo of Jessie Ryals and Morgan Ernst closed out the doubles lineup with an 8-5 win over Sidney Griffith and Jordan Parra.
“The story was doubles,” said Tyler. “We came out and won all three, and two of the matches could’ve gone either way. Angie and Megan took care of business and the others played two nice matches.”
Allgood used the doubles momentum in singles, taking down Hartmann 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-5) at the top spot.
The Storm chalked up wins at Nos. 2 and 3, but the bottom of the Dutch lineup won in straight sets to seal the deal.
Sophomore Katie Todd (Cedar Falls) was a 7-5, 6-2 winner over Rogers at No. 4, while Ryals and Ernst won at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively. Each dropped a mere three games total.
“Angie played well and was able to come out on top,” Tyler said. “Sarah was playing up two spots and really battled. Katie’s match may have been the comeback of the year. She showed a lot of grit and determination to get the win. And Jessie and Morgan took care of business.”
Central plays its final spring meet Wednesday against St. Ambrose University (9-14 overall, 2-9 spring) at Davenport. The two teams last met Sept 2, 2010, a 6-3 win for the Dutch. The meet serves as the spring dual finale for the Fighting Bees as well.