TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Capital University Volleyball opened the Rose-Hulman Invitational at Hurbert Arena in Terre Haute, Ind. The Crusaders finished day one of the invitational with two losses by counts of 3-1.
MATCH 1 – L, 3-1 vs. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
In the first match on Saturday, Capital played the Fightin' Engineers of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The Crusaders would fall in the first set 25-16. In the second set the Crusaders answered with a 25-20 performance to even the score at 1-1. The Fightin' Engineers cruised to third- and fourth-set victories, 25-17 and 25-22, to win the match.
Capital saw its team kill percentage improve from its last week of play, hitting .181 for the match. Host Rose-Hulman hit at a .254 clip and was led by Julia Hammond's 19 kills (.341).
The offense was led by junior Hanna Ewart (Wichita, Kan.) with 11 kills. Sophomore Becca Kapavic (Johnstown, Ohio) added a season-high10 kills.
Sophomore Caitlin McDivitt (Cortland, Ohio) set a new a career high in assists (29) for the first of two occasions on the day, and also completed the second double-double of her season by adding 11 digs. She accomplished her first career double-double in the season-opener against Kenyon College with 21 assists and 16 digs. McDivitt recorded two double-doubles all of last season.
The Crusaders' defense was led by sophomore Jessica Winstel (Milford, Ohio) with 16 digs. McDivitt added 11 digs. Junior Kristin Bender (Fremont, Ohio) led the Crusaders with two blocks accounting for half of the team's total blocks.
MATCH 2 – L, 3-1 vs Franklin College (Ind.) Grizzlies
In the second match on Saturday, Capital played the Grizzlies of Franklin College. Capital led off by edging out a win in the first set, 25-23. Despite a valiant effort in the first set, the Crusaders dropped each of the following three sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-17), leading to the Grizzlies' 3-1 match victory.
Sophomore Kasey Parkhurst (Castalia, Ohio) led the Crusaders with 13 kills, a new career-high, and added one service ace. McDivitt set a new career-high with 30 assists to add with two service aces.
Winstel led the Crusaders' defense in the second match with 19 digs. McDivitt and Ewart both added nine digs each. Bender would lead Capital at the net with two solo blocks and also had posted two assisted blocks.
The Crusaders (1-6) will play two more matches on Sunday at Hubert Arena as part of the Rose-Hulman Invitational. Capital will play Anderson University at 11:00 a.m. and Centre College at 1:00 p.m.