COLUMBUS, Ohio – In an uncharacteristic rivalry match between Capital University and Otterbein University, both tennis teams had to be relocated and play critical matches at a neutral indoor facility before a winner could be found. However, a violation to how Capital's lineup was created nullified its dramatic win and gave the Cardinals the victory.
With the score 4-3, Buchanan was midway through his match at number two when weather forced both teams to pick up and head to the Olympic Tennis Center. Buchanan and Seckel had split each of their first two sets, but once they picked up play it was all Capital. Buchanan rode out a 6-3 win in the third set of his singles match, clinching the bout for the Crusaders.
However, because C.J. Martin was illegally elevated to play the top flight doubles ahead of the allowable scheduled time, both his and Buchanan's match were forfeited. Though the result still gave a point to Otterbein for Martin's match, Buchanan's forfeit nullified his match and gave Otterbein the match-clinching point. Both of those matches do not count toward each individual's overall season record.
The match, which began at the CU Tennis Courts, was first moved up by 30 minutes in an attempt to avoid incoming weather. Capital rolled through seven of the nine total matches before rain and wind forced both teams to relocate to the Olympic Tennis Center in Clintonville, Ohio.
Before departing Capital's home court, the Crusaders used strong doubles play to jump out to a 2-1 team lead. Beau Streety and C.J. Martin outlasted David Seckel and Zach McDivitt, 9-7, which followed an 8-4 win by seniors Luke Buchanan and Jared Judson.
Otterbein evened up the score as each team played their number six singles players while doubles play was going on. Tyler Wharton defeated Santino DiMichaelangelo (6-1, 6-0), but Capital's Dale Booher and Jared Judson helped the hosts regain its lead with big wins over their respective opponents.