By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's tennis team opened its 2017 fall schedule on Saturday morning, debuting multiple newcomers to the lineup and new home for the 2017-18 season. Capital hosted Transylvania University at the Wolfe Park tennis courts in Columbus, but fell to the Pioneers by a 7-2 final score.
Two Crusaders earned wins in their respective collegiate debuts. Freshman Madison Watt (Wapakoneta, Ohio/Wapakoneta) earned the nod as Cap's top singles player and posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Transylvania's Merrick Irwin. Her win earned Capital's first win of the season, also marking her first career win.
Soon after Watt closed out her match, freshman Maria Sadek battled to a victory at the No. 2 singles position. Sadek rolled to a 6-4, 6-4 win over Transy's Mary Grace Amato for her first career win and to close out the final match of the day.
Transy clinched the match with victories in each of the first seven matches to conclude. They swept double play, though the combination of Madison Watt and Ashlee Freeman battled throughout. They eventually dropped the bout to Lilian Williams and Amato, 8-6.
Freeman also had a notable singles match against Williams, battling to deuce on multiple occasions. She eventually fell, 6-1, 6-3.
Sophomore Kara Wegmiller also made her Capital debut as part of Cap's third doubles team and the No. 6 singles player, but lost in each match.
Capital (0-1) will play at Earlham College (Ind.) on Wednesday, Sept. 13 in their next scheduled action. First service is set for 4 p.m.