ORLANDO, Fla. – The Capital University men's tennis team has made its spring break home at the U.S. Tennis Association (USTA) National Campus in Orlando, Fla., where it had scheduled six matches in a five-day span. Heading into the midway segment of the trip, Capital has won one match and lost two to its competition.
WARTBURG 7, CAPITAL 2 - results
Wartburg took a 2-1 lead out of the doubles section of the match, but the script could have easily been flipped. Santino DiMichaelangelo and John Roberts lost 9-8 (7-4) in a tiebreaker to give the Knights a 2-0 lead, but the third flight of Hunter Walter and Ben Heiland picked up a point with an 8-5 victory over Colin Jacobs and Sam Nettleton.
Singles play was just as competitive with senior Dale Booher leading off the singles lineup with a tough three-set loss to Brandon Hornback. Booher took the first set, 6-4, and then lost the second in a tiebreaker, 7-6 (9-7), before the super tiebreaker went Wartburg's way, 10-7. Lukas Heiland also lost in three sets out the number six spot (2-6, 6-3, 7-10).
ROSE-HULMAN 9, CAPITAL 0 - results
In a tough in-region matchup against Rose-Hulman, the Fightin' Engineers ran out to a 3-0 lead after doubles play, but not without a challenge from Cap. Booher and Martin teamed up in the top doubles spot but fell to Georges Adam and Brandon Benedict, 8-4. Cap's remaining two doubles teams of DiMichaelangelo/Roberts and Walter/Heiland lost by scores of 8-2 and 8-3, respectively.
RHIT rolled through singles play and did not drop a set against the Crusaders en route to the 9-0 team victory.
WEBBER INTERNATIONAL 2, CAPITAL 7 - results
Capital rebounded nicely against Webber International University, beating the Florida-based squad 7-2. Booher and Martin defeated the Warriors' top doubles team of Andrew Scott and Clauinei Frediani, 8-4, while DiMichaelangelo and Roberts downed Gustavo Fortunato and Diego Gonzolez, 8-5. A win by default put Capital up 3-0 heading into singles play.
The Warriors picked up their first point out the top spot in singles play with Scott beating Booher head to head by a count of 7-6 (5-0), 2-6, 10-4. They picked up another point in the number three spot with another three-set victory, but Capital took singles matches from the number two, four and five spots. The sixth flight was defaulted to Capital.
Capital will receive a day off on Wednesday, but return to the court on Thursday when they play Eckard College (NCAA Division II) at 3 p.m. at the Eckard campus in St. Petersburg, Fla. Capital heads into that matchup with the Tritons possessing an overall record of 2-7. They will round out their spring break trip back at the USTA National Campus in Orlando with a doubleheader against Hanover College (Ind.) and Florida Tech on Friday.