MONMOUTH, ILL.—After spending the spring semester studying abroad, the top player for the Central College women’s tennis team helped the team to a 9-0 win over Monmouth College Saturday.
Playing with split squads, a different group of Dutch (1-1) players lost to St. Ambrose University 5-4 in Moline, Illinois.
Schilling wasted no time getting back in the win column against Monmouth, taking the No. 1 doubles match 8-5 with Laurynn Mize (junior, Sycamore, Ill.) before winning her No. 1 singles match 6-3, 6-1.
“I couldn’t be more excited,” coach Ryun Ferrell said. “To have her back is great, she’s playing tough and hard, which is what we kind of expect her to do. It’s always good to start off with a win.”
Mize needed three sets to get the No. 3 singles match 7-5, 2-6, 10-4 and Katie Larson (sophomore, Fort Madison) won 6-0, 6-4 in the No. 2 slot.
In Moline, a younger crew of players won two out of three doubles matches, but couldn’t get the fifth point in a 5-4 loss against the Fighting Bees. Alex Griggs (freshman, Knoxville) and Sarah Behrens (junior, Red Oak) earned singles victories at No. 4 and No. 6.
“We played well, we’re just weren’t quite there yet,” Ferrell said.
The roster will be reunited next weekend in Dubuque for matches against the University of Dubuque and Loras College on Saturday.
“I love getting a lot of players out there on a weekend because it allows us to see much more,” Ferrell said. “We put them in a challenging situation and were able to see what they can do with pressure placed upon them. It helps us actually put together a lineup and be a little more confident going into conference play next weekend.”