COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's tennis team gave a good fight against one of the top Ohio Athletic Conference teams, Baldwin Wallace University. The Yellow Jackets defeated the Crusaders, 5-4, dropping Cap to 3-4 in the conference standings.
Capital took a 2-1 lead out of doubles play as the new combinations continued to work well for the Purple and White. Senior Dale Booher (Hartville, Ohio/Lake) and Santino DiMichaelangelo (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis Desales) paired up and took care of business in the top flight bout, defeating BW's Dominic Polifrone and Matt Harris, 8-1.
Junior C.J. Martin (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) and sophomore John Roberts (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) outlasted the duo of Nathan Katz and Jake Liebler, beating them 8-6. That point gained them the lead after BW, took the first point with a win in the third doubles match.
Baldwin Wallace again tied the match in the number three singles match between Harris and Roberts, which ended in Harris' favor (6-2, 6-0). They then took the next three points for four consecutive singles wins, which clinched the match.
Capital did make the match end respectably with two wins in singles play coming from the top of the lineup. Booher and Martin both collected singles wins in the one and two spots, respectively. Booher defeated Polifrone 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), while Martin beat Katz in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
The loss drops Capital to 3-4 in conference play, and now ranks them fifth out of nine teams in the OAC. Cap's next match is a nonconference bout with Ohio Christian University, but it does have one conference match left on the docket, that being against Ohio Northern University on Saturday, April 29, in Ada. Cap and OCU will square off at home on Monday, April 24, at 4 p.m.