COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Men's Tennis put forth a good battle with rival Otterbein University, but was defeated in an Ohio Athletic Conference showdown on Saturday afternoon. The Cardinals defeated the Crusaders, 5-4, at the Sanders Tennis Courts in Westerville, Ohio.
Senior Dale Booher (Hartville, Ohio/Lake) had a positive day with two match wins in his final regular-season bout against Capital's rivals. He began by teaming up with junior C.J. Martin (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) and downed Ben Keen and Perry Williams in the number one doubles match, 8-4. He later returned to defeat Williams with ease in his top-flight singles match, 6-2, 6-2.
Martin equaled his teammate with two wins, as well. Martin and Keen squared off in the number two singles match, which went three sets to determine a winner. Martin rolled in the first set, 6-1, but dropped a heated second, 7-5. In the third set, Martin pulled away with a 6-3 victory to clinch the match and another point for Cap.
Otterbein took three of the remaining four singles bouts, in addition to its two doubles victories in the number two and three spots. Otterbein's Juan Vera and Riley Yost won the fifth and sixth singles matches over Hunter Walter (6-2, 6-1) and Ben Heiland (6-2, 6-2), respectively. Tyler Wharton accounted for Otterbein's final point with a 6-3, 6-2 win over John Roberts in the third singles match.
Santino DiMichaelangelo outlasted Derek Kreiger in the four spot for Cap's fourth point (4-6, 7-6 [7-5], 10-7).
Capital's loss makes for six straight and drops Cap to 2-12 overall and 0-2 in conference play. Capital will bounce back into play against Berea College, but will play the match at Otterbein tomorrow, April 9, at 3 p.m.