STORM LAKE— Running its winning streak to three matches, the Central College women’s tennis team blanked Buena Vista University 9-0 Thursday afternoon.
Central (4-3, 4-3 American Rivers Conference) defeated the Beavers (2-7, 1-6 conference) for the 41st time in 41 tries.
“It was a good day for the Dutch,” coach Ryun Ferrell said. “We’re playing really well right now. This was an improved Buena Vista team that’s starting to take some good steps as a program.”
At the top of the lineup for the Dutch, Karleigh Schilling (Swisher, Cedar Rapids Prairie HS) did not yield a game in either singles or doubles. She and Alyssa Lewton (junior, Ankeny, Centennial HS) were 8-0 winners at No. 1 doubles before she downed Rachel Brockney 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles.
“She has played great this year,” Ferrell said. “She’s proven she is one of the best players in the league. On Senior Day, I said that she is a once-in-a-career player to coach. She deserves all of the accolades coming her way.”
The other five singles players for Central won 60 of 72 sets played, including three players who only lost one set. Bronwyn Metcalf (junior, Pella) was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at No. 2 singles and Lewton triumphed 6-3, 6-4 at No. 3. Maddie Hartley (junior, Clarinda) was victorious 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4 singles while Katie Larson (junior, Fort Madison) and Sarah Schirm (junior, Cedar Rapids, Xavier HS) won by identical 6-1, 6-0 margins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively.
“We’re starting to play more and more, so we are getting better and better,” Ferrell said.
Metcalf and Hartley toppled the Beavers No. 2 doubles 8-1 before Larson and Macy Scharff (junior, Oskaloosa) won 8-4 at No. 3.
All three of Central’s doubles pairings from Thursday’s match will play together at the American Rivers Conference Individual Championships this weekend in Des Moines. Schilling and Lewton will be the No. 1 seed in the A-Flight.
“We’re going to have nine doubles teams in action this weekend,” Ferrell said. “A lot of them got to play today which is great. I think they are ready for this weekend and we’ll see what damage we can do.”