Watt Takes Two, Capital Falls Short at Earlham

Pictured: Madison Watt (photo credit: Ryan Gasser, Capital University Athletics)
Pictured: Madison Watt (photo credit: Ryan Gasser, Capital University Athletics)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Capital University women's tennis team came close to its first road victory in nearly two seasons on Thursday night with its trip to Earlham College. The Quakers earned a come-from-behind victory in doubles play, which aided in their 5-4 victory over the Crusaders.

Capital freshman Madison Watt (Wapakoneta, Ohio/Wapakoneta) continues to impress early in her career with two more victories. Her first came as part of the Crusaders' top doubles team, having been paired with sophomore Ashlee Freeman (Macedonia, Ohio). The duo downed the Earlham team of Lexi Aligarbes and Kaitlyn Morgan, 8-3, to give Cap an early edge.

Earlham tied it up, 1-1, with its victory over Kara Wegmiller and MacKenzie Archibald in the third spot, 8-3. In the second doubles match, Maria Sadek and Megan Williams had a 6-0 lead over Earlham's Alexandra Canaday and Yunjoo Shin. However, the lead evaporated and the Quaker pair came all the way back to steal the point with a 9-7 victory. It later proved to be a crucial point in deciding the entire match.

At the top of the Capital singles lineup, Watt and Sadek rolled to big victories over their respective opponents. Watt surrendered just one game in her bout with Arrita Domi. Sadek blanked Morgan in the first set and then clinched the win with a 6-3 decision in the second.

With losses in the three and four spots of the lineup, Capital relied on the backend to bring home the win. MacKenzie Archibald gained advantage by outlasting Aligarbes, 7-6 (7-5), in the first, and then finished the deal with a 6-1 win in the second set. Unfortunately, Wegmiller was unable to defeat Kathryn Hulleman despite battling. The sixth singles bout ended in a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Hulleman.

Capital (0-2) will hit the road again for a match against Ashland University (NCAA Division II) on Sept. 23, with a 1 p.m. start. Capital will play at home next over Homecoming Weekend on Sept. 30 when they host Mount Vernon Nazarene University and The College of Wooster in a tri-match.