By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
TIFFIN, Ohio – Capital Women's Tennis has now won three of its last four matches after capturing a 7-2 victory on the road at Heidelberg University on Wednesday evening.
Capital (7-7, 3-2 OAC) got a strong start with two wins coming out of doubles play. While the Crusaders were forced to switch up the lineup, the shakeup did not derail them. The tandem of Madison Watt and Maria Sadek improved to 7-6 overall on the season at the number one spot and defeated Heidelberg's Esmerelda Salazar and Emmy Flottman-Mullen, 8-3, to kick it off.
Heidelberg's win at number two doubles (Goulet/Lucius def. Archibald/Holt, 8-5), put some pressure on Cap's three team featuring Karen Kanke and Emma Price, but they handled it with ease after defeating Megan Novess and Samantha Escalera in shutout fashion, 8-0.
Cap then rolled through the singles lineup with its lone loss coming in the three singles spot and only after a lengthy three-set affair between Julia Holt and Merideth Lucius favored Lucius 2-6, 6-4, 10-8 in a tiebreaker.
Surrounding that loss were five wins, all in straight sets. Maria Sadek improved to 7-6 in the number two spot after defeating Jillian Goulet, 6-0, 6-2. Madison Watt upped her season win count with a second victory, this time 6-3, 6-1 over Salazar in the top flight matchup.
Karen Kanke (def. Flottman-Mullen 6-0, 6-1) and MacKenzie Archibald (def. Escalera 6-0, 6-0) also garnered wins while Emma Price won by default given Heidelberg was unable to field a sixth singles player.
The Crusaders will now gear up for its annual rivalry matchup against Otterbein with a match in Westerville this Saturday morning. First service will be held at 9:30 a.m.