By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – The Capital University women's tennis team finished its fall season with flair, taking its show on the road to Mount Vernon Nazarene University and coming out victorious in its most intense battle of the season. The Crusaders narrowly edged the Cougars, 5-4, with the clinching victory coming from one of its newest additions to the roster.
Capital had to play from behind after dropping two of three doubles matches to kick off the afternoon at the Ramser Tennis Courts. Sophomores Madison Watt (Wapakoneta, Ohio/Wapakoneta) and Maria Sadek (Cairo, Egypt/Dublin Coffman) paired up to take the first point of the match by defeating Sarah Higgins and Ashley Weber, 8-1. The Cougars took the next two doubles matches to reclaim the lead heading into the turn.
The lead quickly shifted back to the Purple and White following victories out of the number one and two spots in the Capital lineup. Watt and Maria Sadek both earned straight-set wins, though Watt worked to outlast Clark in a second-set tie break. After easily taking the first set, 6-1, Watt won the tie break over Casey (7-5) to complete the 7-6 second-set win. Sadek dispensed of Higgins, 6-4, 6-2.
Capital increased its lead to 4-2 when freshman Karen Kanke outlasted Laurel Sidel at five singles by counts of 7-5 and 6-3. Mount Vernon Nazarene (2-13) was not done and worked to tie the match at four each with wins out of the number four and six spots in the order, including a come-from-behind victory by Sarah Young over Cap freshman Nichole Walsh (6-7 [4-7], 7-5, 7-5).
The final point came down to the third flight singles match that featured Elizabeth Sadek, who was playing in her first match as a Crusader. In her first collegiate match, Sadek had to come from behind after dropping the first set in a tie breaker, 7-6 (7-3), to Ashley Weber. Sadek tied it up in the second by handing Weber a 6-4 loss. The drama peaked in the third set when a fourth tie-breaking set was required to decide a 6-6 stalemate between the two. In a race to seven, Sadek slammed home the winning point claim the 7-5 tiebreaker and the match.
The win marked the first of Elizabeth Sadek's career with the Crusaders. The Crusaders are now 3-2 as they exit the fall season.
Capital will take the rest of the fall and winter to continue its improvement and prepare for its first matches of the spring. Those will be held as part of a triangular match between Capital, Calvin College, and The College of Wooster, who will host the event on March 9.