Tennis Teams Gear Up for OAC Tournament

Alyssa Trier of the women's team and Luke Buchanan of the men's team look to lead their teams into the OAC Tennis Tournaments this week. (Jeff Mills photos).
Alyssa Trier of the women's team and Luke Buchanan of the men's team look to lead their teams into the OAC Tennis Tournaments this week. (Jeff Mills photos).

 

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OAC Women's Tennis Tournament Web Page

 

The Capital University men's and women's tennis teams each begin Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament play this Tuesday with quarterfinal matches.

 

The men, seeded third, will host No. 6 Mount Union at 12 p.m. at the Capital Tennis Courts, with The Players Club in Hilliard as a back-up location if inclement weather strikes. The women are the No. 8 seed and visit top-seeded Mount Union for a 3:30 p.m. match.

 

View previews for each team below.

 

Men (10-6 overall, 6-2 OAC)

 

The Crusaders have won seven consecutive dual matches entering postseason play. The team hasn't lost since March 31, when it was edged 5-4 against Otterbein, the conference's regular season champion.

 

Included in Capital's seven-match streak is the team's 7-2 triumph over Mount Union on April 12 in Columbus. The Crusaders won two of three doubles matches and took four of six singles contests, including three in straight sets.

 

After winning their first seven dual matches of the season, the Purple Raiders (10-5, 3-5) lost three of their last four, including an 8-1 setback at Otterbein in Wednesday's regular season finale.

 

Dominic Marino, who posted Mount Union's lone victory against the Cardinals, leads the Purple Raiders with a 13-2 record, including a 6-2 mark in conference play, playing primarily at the No. 6 singles position.

 

No. 2 Rob DeMarco and No. 4 Jeff Williams are tied for second on the team with 12 wins apiece. The duo is 5-1 this season (4-1 OAC) playing together in doubles.

 

DeMarco and Williams accounted for both points against the Crusaders earlier this season. The pair won at No. 2 doubles and Williams was a three-set winner at No. 4 singles.

 

Capital is led by freshman Beau Streety (Tuscon, Ariz.), who is 17-3 for the year playing at the Nos. 4 and 5 spots. Streety has won 13 straight singles matches entering postseason play and is unbeaten (7-0) in conference play. Sophomore Jared Judson (Dublin, Ohio) and freshman Dale Booher (Hartville, Ohio) each have 13 wins for the year. Judson, the team's No. 6, is also undefeated in OAC play (7-0), while Booher is 7-1 playing at the No. 2 position.

 

After struggling through injury during the fall, junior Kenny Duncan (Poland, Ohio) re-established himself as a key cog in the lineup during the conference season. Duncan, a 2012 second team All-OAC selection, is 5-2 in the OAC, including 5-1 at the No. 3 slot.

 

Sophomores Spencer Walter (Hilliard, Ohio) and Luke Buchanan (Westerville, Ohio) round out the Crusaders' lineup. Walter (No. 4) is 9-11 overall and 4-3 in the OAC, while Buchanan (No. 1) is 8-12, including 2-5 in the league.

 

The No. 1 doubles pair of Booher and Buchanan lead the way with 11 wins playing together, including six in conference play. Duncan and Walter are 3-3 at the second position, while Streety and Judson are 6-1 at the No. 3 spot.

 

Women (1-11, 1-7)

 

The Crusaders last played Otterbein on March 29, when they were defeated 9-0 in Westerville. The Cardinals surrendered just one game in sweeping all three doubles matches, then took all six singles contests in straight sets.

 

Otterbein (17-2, 8-0), which hasn't lost a dual match since Feb. 28, clinched the OAC regular season championship Saturday with a 9-0 home triumph over Heidelberg.

 

Five Cardinals have posted 11 or more singles wins during the season, including No. 2 player Sammi Kruger, who is 23-3 (8-0 OAC). No. 5 Rylie Markle (17-1) and No. 1 Julie Stroyne (15-4) are also unbeaten in conference play.

 

Kruger and Stroyne are 17-2 at the top doubles position, while Emma Krummel and Adrien Leatherwood, who play the Nos. 3 and 4 singles slots, have combined for 16 wins at the No. 2 doubles spot.

 

Juniors Alyssa Trier (Venetia, Pa.), Corinne Hohenstein (Sidney, Ohio) and sophomore Jennie Schott (Pickerington, Ohio) are each tied for the team lead with two singles victories apiece. Trier has played a majority of the season in the No. 1 position, while Hohenstein and Schott sit in the third and fourth positions, respectively.

 

Junior Diana Lolli (Grandview Heights, Ohio), sophomores Ashlin Gable (Bluffton, Ohio) and Kelsey Niese (Shelby, Ohio) each enter the tournament with one victory. Gable has played the No. 2 slot, Niese in the fifth spot and Lolli at No. 6.

 

Trier and Gable lead the doubles corps with two victories at the No. 1 position. Hohenstein and Schott (No. 2) and Lolli and Niese (No. 3) have one win apiece as pairs.