The Iowa Central Men's and Women's tennis teams will take on Grand View University at 3 p.m. Thursday at Dodger Courts. This will be the first of three matches the Tritons play at home this fall. The Triton Men (0-2) on the year, are coming off a challenging weekend, losing two dual meets in southern Kansas to #6 (NJCAA) Cowley Community College 9-0, and Southwestern University (NAIA). Against Southwestern, Iowa Central had two match points which would have clinched the dual meet and another match go into a 3rd set tiebreaker. Southwestern defeated Iowa Central 5-4.
"I was proud of our men in the way they came back from a tough loss against Cowley on Friday to play Southwestern as competitively as we did Saturday. We had our chances (against Southwestern) in two separate matches to clinch the dual, and while there are no moral victories, to go toe to toe with a NAIA regional power like Southwestern, showed great resiliency and toughness on our part," said head coach Todd Redenius.
"Grand View is very well coached and has a nationally ranked player at the #1 singles spot in Andree Stevensson and are really balanced with their doubles teams. We will need to play our best tennis to come away with a win"
Iowa Central will be without its #2 player, Cliff Dwyer, who sprained his ankle earlier this week at practice. "It hurts losing Cliff this weekend with Grand View being the first of three days of duals we will play, but our philosophy has to be next man in, so everyone from our #3 position on will move up a spot and be expected to compete at the very highest level they can and put us in a position to be successful", Redenius stated.
The Iowa Central women's team head into their match vs. Grand View after finishing the Cowley-Southwestern Invite with an overall match record of 3-3.
"Dayana Ortega had a great win for us against the #1 girl from Cowley. The match went into a third set tiebreak and Dayana stepped her game up in terms of her level of aggressiveness. Lily Timmerman (a Saint Edmond graduate) is playing really well right now too and is a terrific team leader for us on and off the court. She made great strides the second half of last season and continued that into the summer."
Before returning home on September 14 to play Buena Vista, the Tritons head on the road Friday vs. Morningside (men only) and Saturday at St. Ambrose (men and women).