BEREA, Ohio -- A tale of two matches defined the Capital Crusaders' Friday night stay at the Marcia French Memorial Invitational. Despite falling in their first match of the night to Westminster College (Pa.) in four games, Capital picked up its second win of the season against The College of Wooster behind strong net play. Day one took them to Baldwin Wallace University, one of two sites of the tournament.
Despite three Crusaders players notching 10 or more kills during the match, Capital dropped its first match of the night to the Titans of Westminster College. LeAnna Cotton (Okeechobee, Fla.) hit a season-high 10 kills on 21 attempts, good for a .333 success rate.
Joining her in double-digit kills were Kristin Bender (Fremont, Ohio/Old Fort) and Mona Ratliff (South Charleston, Ohio/Southeastern). Bender posted 10 kills, also good for a season high, while Ratliff led the team with 12 kills in the match.
Westminster, led by Alaura Hanssen's 16 kills, hit .252 as a team to lead them to its second win of the season.
Capital hit just .149 against the Titans, though in its lone set win hit at a .379 clip.
Kelly Leonard (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) racked up 20 digs as part of a trio of Crusaders with 10-plus digs.
Catlin McDivitt (Cortland, Ohio/Lakeview) tallied an unconventional double-double with 14 assists and 11 digs.
The final score of Capital's loss to Westminster was 3-1 (25-20, 25-14, 15-25, 25-19).
Though their hit percentage did not best that of their first match, the Crusaders excelled at the net in their second match against Wooster, leading to a 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 26-28, 25-18) win. Bender led Capital with three total blocks (1 solo, 4 assists) and aided in their eight total team blocks at the net. Wooster was only able to muster three total blocks.
Ratliff cranked out 12 kills while Courtney McCracken got back on track with 11 in the nightcap. Leonard outdid her performance against Westminster by collecting 30 digs, once again serving as one of three Capital players to record double digits in that category.
Wooster's Savannah Moore recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs, in the losing effort.
Capital is now 2-5 on the season and will return to the court Saturday, Sept. 6, at Case Western Reserve University. They will open at 12 p.m. against Grove City College and close out their stay against the Spartans. Complete coverage of the tournament and coverage is available at the tournament homepage.