By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Saturday afternoon the Crusaders and Pioneers' women's tennis teams battled to the very end before Capital University broke match point and earned the final point for the victory. Cap defeated Marietta College, 5-4, for its second straight Ohio Athletic Conference win.
Capital and Marietta reversed its play order allowing singles matches to take place before doubles. The alignment set the table for an exciting finish that put Cap's number three doubles team, Julia Holt (Camden, Maine/Camden Hills Regional) and Mackenzie Archibald (Parma, Ohio/Parma), under the spotlight.
Marietta tied the match at 4-4 after its number two doubles team, Katie Kitchen and Erin Warvell, defeated Capital's Maria Sadek and Megan Williams by an 8-6 score. The final point and the match would be decided in the last remaining doubles pairing.
The entire match proved that both teams were evenly matched as it took extra points to find a winner. Over the course of the match, Capital faced four different match point scenarios but Holt and Mackenzie turned the Pioneers away each time and then raced out to garner points eight and nine to claim the victory for their doubles team and for Capital.
The top of the Capital singles' lineup did its job with wins by Madison Watt (Wapakoneta, Ohio/Wapakoneta) and Maria Sadek (Cairo, Egypt/Dublin Coffman). Watt took care of business against Victoria Xie (6-2, 6-2) and Sadek dispensed Latrice Nelson, 6-3, 6-2.
Capital and Marietta displayed an even split through six singles matches after the Pioneers took wins in the number three, four and five spots in the lineup, and Katie Woods elevated into the number six spot and defeated Liz Reed, 6-2, 6-4, to level the score.
Watt earned her second win of the day when she and Ashlee Freeman defeated Xie and Nelson, 8-1, to put Cap ahead prior to its dramatic finish.
With its win, the Crusaders have eclipsed the most OAC wins in a season since the 2013 season and marks the first time since that year that they have won back-to-back conference games. They will look to win three in a row since this same span of time (March 29 - April 6, 2013). The Crusaders' next match will be against Muskingum University on Tuesday, April 10 at Wolfe Park in Bexley. First service is set for 3:30 p.m.