Central blanks Dubuque in women’s tennis triumph

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   DUBUQUE — Dominating from start to finish, the Central College women’s tennis team picked up its first American Rivers Conference victory of the season Saturday in a 9-0 whitewashing of the University of Dubuque.

            Central (2-2, 1-1 conference) also fell to Loras College 8-1 later in the day.

            Ferrell was pleased with what he saw from his No. 1 doubles pairing of Bronwyn Metcalf (sophomore, Pella) and Maddie Hartley (sophomore, Creston) who won 8-0 against the Spartans.

            “They played great,” coach Ryun Ferrell said. “Playing No. 1 doubles as sophomores is not an easy thing to do. They are handling the pressure great.”

            Metcalf and Sami Thompson had 6-0, 6-0 victories at No. 3 and No. 6 singles, respectively. The No. 3 doubles tandem of Katie Larson (sophomore, Fort Madison) and Macy Scharff (sophomore, Oskaloosa) also won 8-0.

            Karleigh Schilling’s (junior, Swisher, Cedar Rapids, Prairie HS) 6-4, 6-1victory at No. 1 singles in the Loras match was the only point for Central.  She avenged a defeat that Hintz handed her in 2018. Schilling also won 6-4, 6-0 against Dubuque’s No. 1 player.

            “That Dubuque player gave Karleigh troubles last year,” Ferrell said. “Against Hintz, tt might not have been Karleigh’s best tennis but it was probably her toughest tennis.”

            Despite the large margin of defeat, Ferrell felt his team played the Duhawks much closer than an 8-1 match.

            “We did everything but win,” Ferrell said. “In all reality, if we could have turned the tide in doubles a little bit it could have very easily been a 6-3 win for us.”

            The next match on Central’s schedule had been set for Tuesday at Grand View, but scheduling conflicts forced that contest to be rescheduled for a to-be-determined date. Now, a trip to Cedar Rapids to play Coe College on Saturday at 10 a.m. is next up for the Dutch.