NEW CONCORD, Ohio – Capital University Volleyball lost its two matches on the opening day of the HCAC/OAC Crossover tournament, hosted by Muskingum University. The Crusaders lost 3-0 to Mount St. Joseph University and then 3-1 to Defiance College on Friday.
MATCH 1 – L, 3-0 vs. Mount St. Joseph
Sophomore Casey Parkhurst (Castalia, Ohio) served as Capital's top option on the offensive side, tallying 32 attack attempts and connecting on 10 of those. She also led the Crusaders at the net with one solo block and two block assists.
Despite Parkhurst's team-leading kill count, no other teammate surpassed four kills. As a team, Capital hit just .078 and committed 21 attack errors. The team's11 reception errors and four blocking errors also led to their defeat.
Capital dropped the first two sets by counts of 25-19 prior to the Lions' 25-21 third-set win to seal the match.
The Mount was paced by Jessica Wilgenbusch's 11 kills and .435 attack percentage. She committed just one error on 23 attempts and also added one solo block and one block assist. Mount St. Joseph tallied a total of 6.5 total blocks, led by Emily Bostian who has two solos and three assists.
MATCH 2 – L, 3-1 vs. Defiance
Capital battled with the Yellow Jackets of Defiance College, taking one of the first two sets. After falling by a wide margin in the first set, Capital stormed back and hit .231 in the second to take it, 25-22. However, Defiance held off the Crusaders in the third (25-20) and fourth (25-21) games to prevent any kind of comeback.
The second leg of the doubleheader was led by Youngstown, Ohio native Nichole Webber. Her standout game featured 13 kills and just three errors on 27 attempts, good for a 37 percent success rate. Parkhurst finished right behind her with 12 kills and a .280 kill percentage.
Senior Katie Weilbacher (Grove City, Ohio) tossed up 35 assists, despite the loss. Sophomore Caitlyn McDivitt (Cortland, Ohio) led the team with 29 digs and was one three players with 10 or more kills.
Capital faltered by committing 10 service errors and 13 reception errors, allowing the Yellow Jackets to break away for the win. Defiance played well defensively, possessing four players 10 or digs and two with 20 or more. Meredith Shank recorded a team-high 13 kills.
Capital is now 4-13 overall on the season. They will wrap up the HCAC/OAC Crossover on Saturday with matches against Hanover College (9:30am) and Transylvania University (1:30pm) at Muskingum.