Tennis competes in ITA Fall Regional Championships

Tennis competes in ITA Fall Regional Championships

The Iowa Central men's and women's tennis squads participated in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) fall regional championships and the Seminole State Classic Friday through Sunday at the Will Rogers Tennis Complex in Oklahoma City. Iowa Central was led in the ITA Regional Championships by women's doubles team Dayana Ortega and Katheryne Campos who advanced to the semi-finals before losing. Their quarterfinal win was an exciting 6-2, 2-6, 10-8 thriller over Laura Arias Rincon and Mariana Rodriguez of Cowley College. The men's doubles team of Antony Lekoko and Ruu Pultz had a strong showing, winning two matches advancing to the finals of the consolation draw of the ITA. Katheryne Campos, after dropping her first match to Alena Macharova of Seward, came back with impressive third set wins in her next two consolation matches. Her second match Saturday featured her coming back from a 2-6, 2-5 deficit, to win 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 against Kristela Vidnere of Cowley. Campos advanced to the consolation finals before losing. Her match record for the tournament was a team best 3-2.

In the Seminole State Classic, Jacob Martens scored a 6-0,6-0 first round victory before losing in the second round, after losing his first round match, Ruu Pultz won two consolation matches before being defeated in the consolation semis. Nicholas Fifield won twice as did Antony Lekoko.

"We played hard in every match. Four teams in our region were NJCAA top 10 teams, so we had our work cut out for us in each match we played. Manuel and Chase had a real tough draw in the doubles, facing the #3 seeded team in the first round and then the #2 seed in the first round of consolation play. Colten Way lost a tough three-set match in his first round. Lily Timmerman was dominant in her first round match of the Seminole State classic, before being ousted by the top seed in the second round. I was probably most pleased with Katheryne's two three-set wins. Both were comeback wins where she had to show a lot of grit and mental toughness. Overall, this was a positive way for us to end our fall season of play; our men and women know they are capable of playing against great competition and hanging in there. That will serve us well for the winter/spring season as we try to get over the hump and win more of those close matches." – Todd Redenius, Head Tennis Coach.

The Iowa Central men conclude the fall portion of the season with a 5-2 record while the Triton women close the fall with a 5-3 record. Both teams will continue practice and strength/conditioning through November, and then resume match play with the indoor season this winter. Next up for Iowa Central is a match at Cornell College in Mount Vernon on February 3.