Women’s Tennis Falls to Shawnee State

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

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

PORTSMOUTH, Ohio – The Capital University women's tennis team is close to closing up the fall season. The Purple and White fell to 1-3 after Friday afternoon loss to Shawnee State University. The Bears got the better of the Crusaders in a 5-2 decision at the Dr. William E. Doehler Tennis Center.

Capital played by NAIA rules, which give one point to the team that takes at least two wins out of doubles play. Doubles matches are played to six points. Singles matches are one point, each. Seven total points are up for grabs. Shawnee State won Friday night's match, 5-2.

The Bears (3-1) took two of three doubles matches with the lone Capital win coming from the combination of Madison Watt and Julia Holt, which defeated Grace Eberhard and Claire Carrathers, 6-3.

The team of Emma Price and Addison Hasselbach lost, 6-2, while Karen Kanke and Aubrey Pletcher fell by a 6-4 count in the third doubles flight.

Despite Capital being unable to claim the doubles point, Watt and Hasselbach both worked to get the Crusaders on the board with the switch to singles play. Watt disposed of Eberhard in a 6-2, 6-1 win in the top-flight match. Hasselbach competed at No. 4 singles against Molly Stockton by scores of 6-2, 6-2.

Unfortunately, those were Capital's only two points after the Bears took the remaining four singles bouts. At No. 2 singles, Julia Holt lost to Claire Carrathers (6-3, 6-4) while Karen Kanke battled but fell to Jessica Williard (7-5, 6-2) in the four spot.

Aubrey Pletcher and Emma Price both dropped decisions in the five and six spots, respectively. Price lost a tough first set via a tiebreaker, 7-6 (7-2), before being shutout in the second set by Regan Osborn, 6-0.

Capital has one last match planned for this fall this Sunday against Earlham College. The Crusaders and Fighting Quakers will play a match in Earlham that was regularly scheduled for mid-September. Cap and Earlham will faceoff at 1 p.m.