Men’s Tennis Downs OWU in Spring Opener

Spencer Walter and Luke Buchanan
Spencer Walter and Luke Buchanan


The Capital University men's tennis team opened the 2014 spring season on a high note Saturday, defeating local rival Ohio Wesleyan 8-1 at Gordon Field House in Delaware.


The Crusaders (1-1 overall) won two of three doubles matches before sweeping all six singles matches to post their first dual victory of the 2013-14 spring season.


Sophomores Luke Buchanan (Westerville, Ohio), Spencer Walter (Hilliard, Ohio), Jared Judson (Dublin, Ohio) and freshman Dale Booher each won in both doubles and singles flights.


Buchanan defeated Richie Karban 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 1 slot, while Walter took down John Russell of the Battling Bishops (1-2) by a 6-4, 7-5 count. At No. 3, Booher was victorious against Conor Breen 6-2, 6-0, while fellow freshman Beau Streety beat Austin Okray 6-4, 6-2 at the fourth singles spot.


Sophomore Gian Carlo DiMichelangelo (Westerville, Ohio) downed OWU's Dane Poppe 6-2, 6-3 at No. 3. Judson rounded out singles at the No. 6 slot with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Chris Brinich.


Booher and Buchanan teamed up at No. 1 doubles for an 8-2 triumph over Brinich and Karban. At No. 3, Judson and Walter upended Okray and Russell, 8-5.


Capital continues spring play on Feb. 23 as part of the team's spring break trip to Puerto Rico. The Crusaders take on UPR Mayaguez at 2 p.m. before taking on UPR Humacao on Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. and Augustana (Ill.) on Feb. 27 at 2:30 p.m.