COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Tennis got back into the win column in a big way, defeating the Pioneers of Marietta College 9-0 on its Senior Day. Capital improves to 10-4 overall and is now 4-1 in the Ohio Athletic Conference team standings to start a pivotal week of conference play.
Capital wasted no time setting the tone of match, taking all three doubles pairings. Junior Luke Buchanan (Westerville, Ohio/Central) and sophomore Dale Booher (Hartville, Ohio) took the top-flight match, 8-5, while two more Crusaders duos reeled in shutout victories. Senior Kenny Duncan (Poland, Ohio) and freshman C.J. Martin (Hilliard, Ohio/Darby) defeated Brendan Adkinson and Chase Leisure while sophomore Beau Streety (Tucson, Ariz.) and junior Jared Judson (Dublin, Ohio/Dublin Jerome) beat Drew Stone and Jon Fitzwater.
Each member of the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams came back and won their respective individual match. Duncan highlighted his senior day with a second win, defeating Justin McGinnis 6-1, 6-0.
Adding to the 9-0 runaway win were junior Gian Carlo DiMichaelangelo (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis Desales) and junior Jesse Faulkner (Columbus, Ohio/St. Francis Desales) who won in the five and six positions, respectively.
Prior to the match, Duncan and fellow senior Josh Dotson (Temperance, Mich.) were recognized for their contributions to the men's tennis program both on and off of the court.
Capital will continue its busy week, playing four OAC matches in a week's time. They will play at Heidelberg University this Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. in a match that was previously scheduled for April 8. They will engage in a pivotal matchup with one-loss Baldwin Wallace University at home on Friday afternoon and finish the regular season at Ohio Northern this Saturday.
The OAC Tournament is structured so that the top eight teams participate and the top four teams will host their respective first-round matchup. Currently, Capital is in a three-way tie for second in the OAC standings, but will lose out to John Carroll University by virtue of a tiebreaker. Baldwin Wallace is the third team sitting at 4-1 with Otterbein University on top of the leaderboard with a 5-1 OAC ledger.