CENTRAL

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LINCOLN, NEB. — Completing a 2-0 weekend, the Central College women’s tennis thumped Nebraska Wesleyan University 9-0 Sunday afternoon.

Central (3-3, 3-3 American Rivers Conference) had previously defeated Coe College 6-3 on Saturday afternoon before beating the Prairie Wolves (0-5, 0-5 conference).

“It’s one of the matches where you don’t want to give your opponent any reason to be excited,” coach Ryun Ferrell said. “Our team did a good job of squashing their hope.”

The Dutch were once again dominant in doubles play, sweeping all three matches. The No. 2 tandem of Maddie Hartley (junior, Clarinda) and Bronwyn Metcalf (junior, Pella) and the No. 3 duo of Alex Griggs (sophomore, Knoxville) and Sarah Schirm (junior, Cedar Rapids, Xavier HS) both recorded 8-0 shutouts. The No. 1 pairing of Karleigh Schilling (senior, Swisher, Cedar Rapids Prairie HS) and Alyssa Lewton (junior, Ankeny, Centennial HS) were victorious 8-3.

“The thing I love about this team is they are tough,” Ferrell said. “They keep fighting and fighting and don’t give you much of anything.

At No. 5, Katie Larson (junior, Fort Madison) was the only Central player to focus on singles in a 6-0, 6-1 victory.

“She’s finding her way,” Ferrell said. “Every day she gets a chance to play she plays a little better than she did before. She’s about ready to bust through and play her best tennis.”

Schilling avenged her 2019 loss in a 6-2, 7-5 win at No. 1 singles.

“That was nice to see her get that done,” Ferrell said.

Hartley won for the fifth time in six tries at No. 4 singles, 6-1, 6-1. Metcalf triumphed 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2 and Lewton won 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3. Schirm rounded out the lineup with 6-1, 6-0 win. Lewton and Schirm are both 4-2 on the season.

The Dutch will travel to Storm Lake on Thursday for a 4 p.m. contest at Buena Vista University.

“They are much improved with 10 players on their roster. Their doing a nice job but we’ll be ready to go up there and try to take care of business.”

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