COLUMBUS – The Capital University men's tennis team closed the 2014 regular season in dramatic fashion Saturday, taking four of the six singles matches en route to a 5-4 victory over Ohio Northern in an Ohio Athletic Conference dual match at the Capital Tennis Courts.
The Crusaders (10-6 overall, 6-2 OAC) have now won seven straight matches entering postseason play, which begins Tuesday at home in an OAC Tournament quarterfinal match against Mount Union at 3:30 p.m.
After the Polar Bears (11-5, 5-3) took two of three doubles matches, Capital tied the match at 4-4 with three singles wins.
The clinching point came down to the match at No. 4 singles, where sophomore Spencer Walter (Hilliard, Ohio) held a long service point and earned a mini-break in a third-set tiebreaker to defeat Blake Troller 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5).
Sophomore Jared Judson (Dublin, Ohio), freshmen Dale Booher (Hartville, Ohio) and Beau Streety (Tuscon, Ariz.) also recorded singles wins. Judson was the first player off the court with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph at No. 6, while Streety earned his 13th consecutive singles victory by a 6-3, 6-4 count at the fifth position. Booher needed three sets to knock off Do Thai 7-5, 0-6, 6-4 at the No. 2 spot.
Booher and sophomore Luke Buchanan (Westerville, Ohio), who was turned back in three sets at No. 1 singles, combined to post a 9-8 (5) win over ONU's Josh Saunders and John Mostowy at the top doubles slot. Walter and junior Kenny Duncan (Poland, Ohio) were narrowly defeated, 9-8 (1), at the second positon.
Capital will be the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament after finishing in a three-way tie for second place in the league regular season standings. Mount Union is the sixth seed.
The winner of Tuesday's semifinal moves on to play Friday against the winner of the No. 2/7 match at Lindner Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.