By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – The Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) announced its postseason award winners for the 2017-18 season on Tuesday, May 15. Freshman Madison Watt represented Capital University after earned her first all-conference accolade as a member on the honorable mention squad.
Madison Watt (Wapakoneta, Ohio/Wapakoneta) was recognized as an All-OAC honorable mention selection following a debut year in which she led the Crusaders in singles and doubles wins out of the number one spots in both lineups.
In her first season, Watt posted an 8-7 overall singles mark and went 3-5 against OAC competition. She and fellow freshman Ashlee Freeman teamed up to compile a 5-10 record on the doubles circuit, including a 2-5 conference mark.
Watt broke onto the scene with back-to-back singles wins in the first two matches of her career, both coming by wide margins against Merrick Irwin of Transylvania University (6-2, 6-1) and Arrita Domi of Earlham College (6-1, 6-0). She finished the fall season 4-2 on the singles circuit and 3-3 in doubles play. Watt returned in the spring with a win to open the season and garnered her first conference victory over Esmerelda Rios of Heidelberg University in three sets (3-6, 6-1, 10-4). On that same day, Capital won the match to break a 25-match losing streak in OAC play.
Watt becomes the first Capital women's tennis player to be named to an All-OAC team since 2008 (Kathryn Whaling). She becomes the ninth Crusader to earn all-conference honors in the program's history.
Capital finished the year 4-12 overall, 3-5 in OAC play which garnered them the number six seed in the OAC Tournament.