By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's tennis team will head up the road to Westerville, Ohio for its first-round Ohio Athletic Conference tournament tilt against rival Otterbein University on Tuesday, May 1.
THE WHEN AND THE WHERE
No. 6 Capital (5-8, 3-5 OAC) vs. No. 3 Ohio Northern (14-8, 6-2 OAC)
Tuesday, May 1, 2018 | 4 p.m. | live stats
The Lindner Tennis Center
5460 Courseview Drive
Mason, Ohio 45040
HOW WE GOT HERE
Capital slowly but surely turned up its play over the course of the season, especially following the addition of the freshman Graeme Green into the lineup. After an 8-1 loss to Ohio Northern opened the month of April, Capital rattled off back-to-back victories over Muskingum (8-1) and Marietta (9-0). It a battle between evenly matched teams, the pendulum swung in the favor of its next two opponents, Baldwin Wallace University (6-3) and Otterbein University (5-4), before they got back into the win column with a shutout victory over Heidelberg University. Cap comes into the tournament off of a 9-0 loss to the University of Mount Union.
Green has been the storyline of the Crusaders since his arrival to the team this spring season. Green, a freshman, stepped onto the court of Capital's number two and until last week had not lost a match on the singles circuit. After five wins at number two, he was elevated to the top spot and won another five straight to account for a 10-match winning streak. Senior C.J. Martin went 2-5 at number one before being moved to the number two where he has gone 3-3 since. Fellow senior Santino DiMichaelangelo has been a mainstay at number three, where he has gone 6-5. Also sport a winning record on the singles side is junior John Roberts, who is 7-4 at number four and won his lone match at number three. Senior Hunter Walker (5-8) and Ben Heiland (3-8) round out Capital's lineup.
In doubles play, Capital is 15-23 overall with the team of Green/Roberts possessing the most success with a 6-3 mark.
Ohio Northern had a loaded April in which the Polar Bears went 7-3 but having gone 5-2 against OAC competition. They have won five of their last six matches with its lone loss coming against Adrian College (Mich.) by a 6-3 count.
THE LAST TIME THEY MET
Ohio Northern defeated Capital in its matchup earlier this season, 8-1, played on April 9 at Scarborough East Racquet Club. Cap's lone win came from Green at number two against Hoang Do (6-0, 6-1), though Martin, DiMichaelangelo and Heiland all took their respective opponents to three sets. Martin and DiMichaelangelo also took the combo of Do and Vinh Thai to a super tiebreaker in doubles play but fell 9-8 (7-4).
With a win, the winner will go on the OAC Tournament semi-final round and play Mount Union (13-3, 7-1 OAC) on Friday, May 4 at the Lindner Tennis Center (Mason, Ohio), the home of the remainder of the OAC Tournament. That match will begin at 4:30 p.m.