AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) announced the 2017 all-conference team on Wednesday morning, a list that sports two Capital University student-athletes. Dale Booher and C.J. Martin earned a spot on one of the three All-OAC teams with both athletes marking firsts in their respective careers.
Dale Booher (Hartville, Ohio/Lake) is now a three-time All-OAC selection and this year earned first team honors for the first time in his career. He was previously named to the second team in 2014 and 2015, and last year was an honorable mention pick.
Booher served as Capital's No. 1 singles player all season long and was a member of its top doubles team. In conference play, Booher went 6-2 with his only losses coming to the OAC Player of the Year, Jad Abdul-Al (JCU), and in a three-set thriller against fellow first teamer, Rob DeMarco (Mount Union). He rolled to mark up five straight wins to end his singles season on, including a 6-1, 6-4 win over Otterbein's Perry Williams in the OAC Tournament opening round.
In doubles play, the senior began the season partnered with C.J. Martin, but a swap in the lineup proved to be highly successful when Booher became partners with junior Santino DiMichaelangelo. Together, the duo went 4-1 against OAC competition, 6-1 overall and won each of their last four matches.
C.J. Martin (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) was awarded the first all-conference honor of his career after being named Second Team All-OAC. The junior also went 6-2 against OAC competition in singles play out of the No. 2 position and went 12-12 overall over the course of the season. Martin won each of his last five singles bouts and went 9-1 over his last 10 matches of the season.
Martin also benefited from a mid-season lineup change in doubles play, moving to partner with sophomore John Roberts and building a 5-1 record in OAC play. The duo went 8-1 overall playing in the second doubles flight.
Martin and Booher went 36-4 when combining their singles and doubles records over the Crusaders' last 10 matches of the season.