By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – On Sunday, September 23, the Capital University women's tennis team battled the Defiance College Yellow Jackets at Wolfe Park in Bexley. After falling behind early, Cap battled back and set up an exciting end to the match. The victory came down to the final singles match where freshman Kelsey Kitchel earned the deciding point in comeback fashion.
Capital (1-2) tied up the match with a win at number two singles when Maria Sadek defeated Defiance's AJ Breneman (7-6 [7-4], 7-6 [7-5]) in a bout that went down to the wire. Meanwhile, the final singles match was finishing up and it came down to Cap's last performer, freshman Kelsey Kitchel (Germantown, Ohio/Valley View).
Kitchel dropped the first set to Defiance's Rylea Amspaugh, 6-4, but did not lose sight of the end goal. She returned in the second set and tied it up after winning 6-4, setting up the final frame. Kitchel then used the momentum from the second-set victory to propel her to a runaway win in the third set, 6-2. With her win, the Crusaders clinched the final point necessary to claim their first victory of the season, 5-4.
The Crusaders fell behind 2-1 following doubles play with the lone win coming from the pair of sophomores Madison Watt and Maria Sadek in the number one spot. Together, they defeated Hannah Hesterman and Cayla Walker, 9-7.
Freshman Karen Kanke (Columbus, Ohio/Eastmoor Academy) picked up her first win of the season in the four spot in the singles lineup after defeating Sydney Huston, 6-4, 6-0.
Capital will play its next match against Earlham College on Friday, September 28. The Quakers come to town and will play the Crusaders at Wolfe Park at 4 p.m.