Another Rivalry Ends with Tight Finish, Crusaders Fall Just Short to Cards

Pictured: Santino DiMichaelangelo (credit: CU athletics)
Pictured: Santino DiMichaelangelo (credit: CU athletics)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The men's tennis edition of the Capital/Otterbein rivalry went down the same path many matchups between these two schools do, down to the wire. Sunday's match at the Wolfe Park Tennis Courts ended up favoring the visiting Cardinals by a score of 5-4.

Graeme Green (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) and John Roberts (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) teamed up to win their third straight doubles match as a tandem, which accounted for Cap's first and only point through doubles play. They took down the number two team of Derek Krieger and Tyler Wharton, 8-5.

At number one doubles, C.J. Martin and Santino DiMichaelangelo lost to Jared Deel and Connor Radune by a score of 8-4. Hunter Walter and Ben Heiland gave a run to the third-flight team of Jamie Price and Riley Yost but lost 8-6.

On the singles circuit, Green's winning streak continued now hitting nine straight victories and his fourth at the top spot. The freshman dispensed of Connor Radune, 6-1, 6-1 to continue his run.

Roberts also did his part by winning his fourth straight singles match, defeating Juan Vera (6-1, 6-1) at the number four position.

Otterbein came back with wins on the backend, taking the fifth and sixth singles flights to take a 4-3 lead. While DiMichaelangelo held off Derek Krieger (6-3, 3-6, 7-5) for a big win at number three, however, Otterbein's Tyler Wharton pulled out a three-set thriller over C.J. Martin, 6-1, 1-6, 7-5.

Capital (4-7, 2-5 OAC) will once again have a quick turnaround with its second rescheduled match, which will be played on Monday, April 23 at Wolfe Park Tennis Courts. First service against Heidelberg University is set for 3:30 p.m.