Women’s Tennis Rolls Past Earlham

Pictured: Madison Watt (credit: Capital Athletics)
Pictured: Madison Watt (credit: Capital Athletics)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's tennis team has no trouble dispensing of Earlham College on Friday afternoon. The Crusaders beat the Quakers at Wolfe Park, 8-1, to improve their overall record to 2-2 this fall season.

Capital (2-2) got the ball rolling with victories in all three doubles bouts to begin the match. Sophomores Madison Watt (Wapakoneta, Ohio/Wapakoneta) and Maria Sadek (Cairo, Egypt/Dublin Coffman) kicked things off with an 8-4 win over Anna Hahn and Yunjoo Shinn, which set up MacKenzie Archibald (Parma, Ohio/Parma) and Julia Holt (Camden, Maine/Camden Hills Regional) for an 8-3 victory at number two. Rounding out the doubles tandems were freshmen Nichole Walsh (Grove City, Ohio/Grove City) and Karen Kanke (Columbus, Ohio/Eastmoor Academy). Together, they easily took care of Earlham's Abby Stewart and Alexandra Swank, 8-1.

In her first action as a Crusader, Walsh won both of her matches and completed the sweep with a win at number six singles. She battled Swank to a 7-6 (7-1) win in a tiebreaker in the first set and then finished her off with a 6-2 decision in the second frame.

Kanke continued her strong play with a second straight singles win with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Stewart. Archibald clinched the match with Capital's fifth straight point when she defeated Kathryn Hulleman 6-3, 7-6 (7-2). Sadek and Holt also added singles wins to account for all their points.

Capital has just one match remaining in its fall season. They will play its first road match in Mount Vernon, Ohio when they play Mount Vernon Nazarene University on Monday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m.