By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
ZANESVILLE, Ohio – Capital Women's Tennis turned their recent fortunes around with its first win in Ohio Athletic Conference play on Wednesday afternoon. The Crusaders took to the outdoor courts at Zanesville High School and delivered an 8-1 knockout blow to Muskingum University.
Capital (5-6, 1-1 OAC) was awarded one point by default when Muskingum was unable to field at the number three doubles position. The Muskies also gave up a point at number six singles.
The tandem of Madison Watt and Maria Sadek started doubles play off on the right foot with an 8-0 shutout of Emma Lewis and Kayla Hall in the top spot. Elizabeth Sadek and MacKenzie Archibald teamed up at number two to defeat Sara Welsh and Sarah Stockdale, 8-7 (7-4).
Watt ran through Stockdale at number one singles with a straight-set win (6-0, 6-0) to keep the shutout going and was supported by wins from Maria Sadek (def. Kayla Hall 6-0, 6-2) and Elizabeth Sadek (def. Emma Lewis 6-0, 6-0).
Karen Kanke also collected a big win, defeating Peyton Morrow 6-1, 6-2, to round out Capital's scoring.
Cap will now prepare for its next OAC opponent, Marietta College. The Pioneers and Crusaders will square off next Wednesday, April 3, at 1 p.m.