Murray Leads Crusaders at Trine Invitational

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The Capital University men's tennis team placed third over the weekend at the two-day Trine University Invitational in Angola, Ind.


Senior John Murray (Bolingbrook, Ill.) won the No. 4 singles flight to lead the Crusaders, who tallied 18 points at the four-team, round-robin style tournament. After knocking off Defiance's Justin Walker 6-1, 6-0, Murray bested Jack Wang of Grace (Ind.) by a 0-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) count.


Freshman Luke Buchanan (Westerville, Ohio) placed second in the top singles flight, falling against Caleb Knust of Trine after topping Ryan Nelson of Defiance in straight sets. Sophomore No. 2 Kenny Duncan (Poland, Ohio) and freshman No. 3 Spencer Walter (Hilliard, Ohio) were also 1-1 for the weekend, placing third in their respective flights.


Sophomore Josh Dotson (Temperance, Mich.) and freshman Jared Judson (Dublin, Ohio) each won their lone singles matches for the weekend. Dotson knocked off Defiance's Tyler Thiel 6-0, 7-6 at No. 6, while Judson beat Michael Vanderkolk of Defiance 6-3, 6-2 at the fifth flight.


All three Capital doubles teams registered 1-2 records for the tournament. Buchanan and Walter competed at the No. 1 flight, Duncan and Murray played at No. 2 and Judson and freshman Gian Carlo DiMichelangelo (Westerville, Ohio) paired up in the third flight.


The Crusaders resume Ohio Athletic Conference play Tuesday at Mount Union. First serve is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in Alliance, Ohio. Capital enters the week with a 9-3 overall record and a 4-0 mark in conference.