Women’s Tennis Falls to Thomas More in Season Opener

Pictured: MacKenzie Archibald (photo credit: Capital Athletics)
Pictured: MacKenzie Archibald (photo credit: Capital Athletics)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Women's Tennis lost in a 9-0 decision to Thomas More College in the team's season opening match on Friday evening.

Though the Crusaders (0-1) were unable to pull through with a victory in either singles or doubles, Friday night's action gave all an opportunity to see two new players make their way into the CU lineup.

Debuting for Capital at No. 3 singles was Elizabeth Sadek (Cairo, Egypt/Dublin Coffman), sister to teammate Maria Sadek. The junior dropped a 6-3, 7-5 decision to Thomas More's Alyssa Dowdell in her first match with the team.

Freshman Karen Kanke (Columbus, Ohio/Eastmoor Academy) won the first set of her bout at No. 5 singles against Lacey Pohlman, but was unable to finish her off for the win after taking the match to a super tiebreak. In the tiebreaker Kanke fell short, 10-7.

Sophomore Madison Watt (Wapakoneta, Ohio/Wapakoneta), a 2017 All-OAC first team selection, returned to the top spot in the singles lineup but lost a 6-2, 6-0 decision to Brooke Warden. Watt and sophomore Maria Sadek (Cairo, Egypt/Dublin Coffman) teamed up at No. 1 doubles but lost to Warden and teammate Hannah Lowman, 8-5, in the closest doubles decision of the evening.

The match was moved to Scarborough East Tennis Club after rains passed through the Columbus area shortly before the match was scheduled to begin.

Capital will play next at home on Friday, September 21 and host Cedarville University at Wolfe Park. First service is set for 4 p.m.