Crusaders Battle in Finale, Fall Short in Loss to Purple Raiders

Pictured: C.J. Martin (photo credit: CU Athletics)
Pictured: C.J. Martin (photo credit: CU Athletics)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University men's tennis team played the final game of the 2018 regular season on Saturday but lost to the University of Mount Union Purple Raiders, 9-0. The loss did not come without a battle, but now the focus will be shifted to the upcoming OAC Men's Tennis Tournament.

Though the second and third flights of doubles play went to the Purple Raiders by duplicate 8-3 scores, the pair of C.J. Martin and Santino DiMichaelangelo gave a good fight in the top-flight bout. The duo went to battle against Robert Cross and Zach Teffner and went to a super tiebreaker to determine the winner. After forcing an 8-8 tie, Cross and Teffner jetted out to a 7-1 win to clinch the deciding point and the match.

With a 3-0 lead, Mount Union continued to pick up victories with straight set wins in five of the six matches. At number two singles, Martin took the early advantage over Jackson Schneider after taking the first set, 7-5. Schneider then came back to edge Martin in the second (7-6) and in the third-set tiebreaker downed Martin, 10-5.

Freshman Graeme Green entered the match having won nine straight singles matches and all four he has played at the number one position. That streak came to an end after he fell to Robert Cross at the one position, 6-2, 6-1.

Despite the loss, Capital (5-8, 3-5 OAC) has locked up its spot in the upcoming OAC Men's Tennis Tournament. The first round will be held at the higher seed. Capital, as the number six seed, will play at The Lindner Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio against host Ohio Northern University (14-8, 6-2 OAC), the number three seed.