Crusaders Rebound with Pair of Wins to Close Tournament Stay

Kristen Bender (photo credit: Joe Maiorana)
Kristen Bender (photo credit: Joe Maiorana)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Capital University Volleyball had a strong showing in day two of the Rose-Hulman Invitational at Hubert Arena. The Crusaders finished the tournament with two wins after defeating Anderson University (Ind.) and Centre College on Sunday afternoon.


MATCH 1 – W, 3-2 vs. Anderson University

In the first match on Sunday, Capital played the Ravens of Anderson University. The Crusaders would fall in the first set, 25-13. In the second set, Capital answered with a 25-22 performance to tie the match at 1-1. Anderson answered by taking the third set 25-13. The Crusaders responded yet again to win the fourth set, 25-17, which tied the match. In the fifth and final set of the match, Capital came out on top 16-14, to win the match.

The offense was led by sophomore Graysan Braun (Springfield, Ohio) and junior Kirsten Nickles (Loudonville, Ohio) with 10 kills each. Sophomore Caitlin McDivitt (Cortland, Ohio) set a new career high in assists (42), but would best that total later in the day. The ball was spread out very well with five different Crusaders racking up double-digit attacks and two finishing with a team-leading 10 kills.

The Crusaders' defense was led by sophomore Jessica Winstel (Milford, Ohio) with 16 digs. The defense at the net was strong in the first match with 10 block assists as a team. Sophomore Becca Kapavic (Johnstown, Ohio) led the Crusaders with two solo blocks.

Anderson was led by Annie Bachman with 22 kills and Sydney Coffman with 25 assists. The Ravens had two players in double-digit digs on defense.


MATCH 2 – W, 3-1 vs. Centre College

In the Crusaders' second match, Capital played the Colonels of Centre College. Capital fell in the first set, 25-14. However, the Crusaders answered by taking the next three sets (25-19, 25-22, 25-21) to win the match.

The Crusaders' offense was led by junior Kristin Bender (Fremont, Ohio) with a career-high 21 kills. She hit at a remarkable .750 attack percentage, converting 21 of her 28 attempts successfully. McDivitt set yet another career high in assists (49).

Junior Hanna Ewart (Wichita, Kan.) accomplished her first career double-double with 10 kills and 15 digs.

For her weekend efforts, Bender was named to the Rose-Hulman Invitational All-Tournament Team. She finished with a total of 40 kills over four matches (10 k/m) behind her career day on Sunday. She also added six solo blocks and six block assists.

The Crusaders (3-6) will be on the road at Ohio Christian University on Wednesday Sept. 16 at 7:00 p.m.