By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's tennis earned its first win of the season after defeating Mount St. Joseph University, 9-0, on Monday afternoon at Wolfe Park in Columbus.
Capital won its first 9-0 decision since 2015 when they did so against Muskingum University in conference competition nearly three seasons ago.
The doubles squads led the way for the clean sweep, though the path for a shutout was not perfectly paved. While Kara Wegmiller (Delaware, Ohio) and senior Megan Williams (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) cruised to an 8-1 win in the No. 3 spot, and Madison Watt (Wapakoneta, Ohio/Wapakoneta) and Ashlee Freeman (Macedonia, Ohio) won, 8-4, out of the leadoff position, the second flight doubles team had to work its way back into the lead.
Freshman Maria Sadek (Cairo, Egypt) and MacKenzie Archibald (Parma, Ohio/Parma) were down early in the contest, but roared back to take a 7-6 lead. With the momentum on their side, Sadek and Archibald closed the door on their opponents with an 8-6 win. Their victory helped Cap earn a 3-0 lead heading into singles play.
While the end destination to victory was achieved, it was not without challenge. Watt and Sedak took care of business at the top of the lineup with large scale victories. Watt earned yet another win by defeating Blake Nelson (6-2, 6-0) while Sadek beat Hanna Broermann (6-1, 6-2) at number two. .
Freeman disposed of Kelsey Knodell in two (6-2, 6-2), clinching the match. Archibald continued that trend with a two-set victory over Cheyenne Burress, 6-3, 6-0.
Perseverance was exemplified out of Capital's number three and six positions. Williams exchanged blows with Jessica Berger, each taking a set and forcing a tiebreaking third. While each took victories with relative ease, finding a winner was a bit of a challenge. Williams wound up the victor after overcoming Berger, 10-6, in the tie break.
From the start, Wegmiller was pushed to the limit in her match versus Sydney Stamper. Though the sophomore fell behind early, 7-5 in the first set, she came back with a demonstrative 6-2 win to tie the match. In the third, Wegmiller battled once again and came out with the 10-7 tiebreaking win to complete the sweep for Capital.
The win is not only Capital's first of 2017, but also the first win as a head coach for Troy Patterson, who began his first season with Capital this year.
Capital will play its final match of the fall season on Friday, Oct. 13 at Walsh University.