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Central College Athletics Saturday Recap

Posted: Monday, September 26th, 2011 at 5:56 am

It was an incredibly active Saturday for several athletics programs at Central College…

The Central College women’s golf team held off the competition on Saturday to claim team and individual victories in the Central Invitational – their first tournament victory of the season.  

Sarah Paulson cut six strokes off of her first round score to finish with an 83-77 –160 on the par-72 Bos Landen Golf Course to claim individual medalist honors.  As a team, the Dutch shot a combined 682 in the 36-hole tournament – 11 strokes ahead of Grinnell and well ahead of third-place Simpson’s score of 729.  

Other notable individuals for Central included former Knoxville High standout Kaurie Kincaid, who placed seventh with a 91-86 — 177, and Pella High graduate Kelsey Van Tasell; who shot a consisten 96-96 — 192.  

The tournament readies the Central women’s golf team for the 72-hole Iowa Conference tournament, which begins Friday at the Pheasant Ridge Golf Course in Cedar Falls.  Central placed second in the tournament in 2010.

Playing amongst a very strong field, the Central College men’s golf team has put itself among the leaders after one day of the University of Dubuque’s Bishops Buffet Invitational Saturday.  

The Red squad is tied for third with St. Ambrose University in the 28-team race, recording a 297. Viterbo University leads with 295 and Wisconsin-Stout is second at 296. 

The 36-hole tournament concludes Sunday.

Following a pair of dominating sweeps on Friday, the Central College volleyball team had to dig deep for a thrilling five-set victory to earn a split in Saturday’s action at the University of Chicago Gargoyle Classic volleyball tournament.  

The Dutch topped Whittier College 25-16, 25-23, 21-25, 23-25, 18-16 before falling to NAIA Trinity Christian College 27-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-15.

Senior setter Maggie Snyder was named to the all-tournament team.  Libero Chelsea Greiger, a senior from Pella, finished the day with a combined 36 digs.  

Central returns to Iowa Conference action Tuesday, hosting Coe College. 

A train of successful outings for the Central College women’s soccer team came to a screeching halt on Saturday, as the Dutch were blanked 6-0 by 10th-ranked Wartburg College.  

Central was outshot 34-4 in the match.  The loss leaves the Central women at 7-3 overall and 0-1 in the Iowa Conference, with their schedule resuming on Friday when they host Coe College for Senior Day.

A goal in the 70th minute allowed Wartburg College to sneak past the Central College men’s soccer team with a 1-0 victory on Saturday in the conference opener for both teams.  It’s the fourth time in the last five meetings that the Knights have evaded the Dutch by one score.  

The Central men are now 5-4 overall and 0-1 in league play entering a non-conference match with Grinnell on Wednesday at the A.N. Kuyper Athletics Complex Soccer Field in Pella.

The only member of the Central College men’s tennis team to reach the Iowa Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament finals rallied to claim a third place finish on Saturday.  

Freshman Tim Kahl reached the semifinals Friday night with a dramatic comeback victory over Coe’s Michael Woolf, but was stopped on Saturday by eventual champion Dan Warden of Luther 6-2, 6-4.  

Kahl stayed resilient in the third-place match, though, defeating Coe’s Alex Klaas 7-5, 6-3.  The Dutch wrap up their abbreviated fall schedule with a dual Wednesday at Indianola against Simpson College.

The Central College women’s tennis team finished strong to forge a 1-1 split in Saturday’s triangular in Pella.  The Dutch were ousted 7-2 by Ashford University to start the day, but rebounded with a 6-3 triumph over Morningside, including wins in two of the three doubles matches.  

In singles play, Central got wins at Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 5.  The only wins for the Dutch in the match with Ashford came at No. 5 and No. 6 singles.  The Central women are home again Tuesday, playing host to Simpson College.