LIMA, Ohio – The Capital University men's tennis team battled the Ohio Northern University Polar Bears on Sunday afternoon at the Westwood Tennis and Fitness Center. The Purple and White ended the regular season on a high note, defeating ONU, 6-3, and earning the No. 5 seed in the upcoming Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament set to begin on May 2.
Capital (8-15, 4-4 OAC) had a strong showing out of its doubles teams, which took all three flights of action. Senior Dale Booher (Hartville, Ohio/Lake) and junior Santino DiMichaelangelo (Westerville, Ohio/St. Francis Desales) improved to 6-1 as a tandem in the No. 1 spot by defeating Tim Kargl and Andrew Garcia by an 8-5 margin.
Junior C.J. Martin (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) and sophomore John Roberts (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) paired up for their seventh win of the season as a team with their 8-2 victory over David Hayman and Jake Abbott. Together, they are now 7-1 on the year.
Ohio Northern (11-10, 3-5) picked up its first point out of the third singles bout pitting Roberts and Hayman against one another. Hayman picked up the point with a 6-3, 6-4 win.
Capital's C.J. Martin responded with a big 6-0, 6-3 win over Garcia to gain back the three-point advantage.
DiMichaelangelo closed out the match by defeating Abbott in straight sets (6-2, 6-3) in the four spot.
Booher added a sixth point with a three-set victory over Kargl. The senior won the first set, 7-5, but was forced into a third after Kargl took the second, 6-3. Booher emerged the winner after taking the third set, 6-4.
Capital is now slated to be the No. 5 seed in the upcoming OAC Men's Tennis Tournament. The top eight teams gain entry into the tournament, which will be hosted by Ohio Northern at the Lindner Tennis Center (Mason, Ohio).
Capital will take on four seed and rival Otterbein University (10-10, 5-3), which it lost to earlier this season, 5-4. That match will take place on May 2 at 3:30 p.m.
The tournament is single elimination. If Capital defeats Otterbein, it will then go on to play the winner of the John Carroll (8-0) and Marietta (1-7) match on Friday, May 5 at 1 p.m.
For additional information about the OAC Tournament, click here.