Women’s Tennis Defeats Ohio Christian, 5-4

Pictured: Desiree Molina (credit: Capital University Athletics)
Pictured: Desiree Molina (credit: Capital University Athletics)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's tennis team brought in its second win of the season with a 5-4 victory over Ohio Christian University at the CU Tennis Courts on Monday afternoon.

Their victory over Ohio Christian University marks the second time the Crusaders defeated the Trailblazers, accounting for both of their victories this season. They beat OCU the first time back on Oct. 13 by a 6-3 count.

Ohio Christian (0-13) earned wins in two of three doubles flights, taking the number two and three matches. Senior Monique Hanayik and freshman MacKenzie Archibald teamed up for an 8-4 win over OCU's Drayah Johnson and Katherine Lawless.

Capital made its move in singles play after taking five of the six flights. Capital battled back with straight-set wins out of the number two and three spots in the order by Hanayik (def. Katherine Lawless 6-4, 6-1) and Archibald (def. Emily Miller 6-3, 6-4) to tie the match, but a defeat in the top-flight match gave another edge to the guests. Capital fired back with a trio of tough wins out of the bottom of the order to complete the comeback.

Though freshmen Desiree Molina (Palmer, Alaska/Palmer) and Katie Woods (Sardinia, Ohio/Eastern Brown) won in straight sets, it did not come easy. A total of three sets out of the four played went to tiebreakers, all going the way of Capital. Woods clinched the match with her 7-6 (7-0), 6-2 victory over Javon Graham. Molina added the final point by defeating Kaylee Dickson in a wild 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (10-8) bout.

Sophomore Amy Stammen (Marysville, Ohio/Marysville) battled over three sets but eventually fell to Erinn Bailey. The two swapped wins in sets one and two, with Stammen taking the first (6-4) and Bailey winning the second (7-5). Bailey then outlasted Stammen in the tiebreaking third set, 10-8, to claim the win.

Capital has one final match on Saturday, April 24 against Ohio Northern University. The match will be played at the CU Tennis Courts at 1 p.m.