MARIETTA, Ohio – While the Capital University volleyball team's offensive numbers made improvements on Tuesday night, they still fell short against Marietta College, three games to one. Kristen Bender led the Crusaders with 15 kills and three blocks in the loss.
Capital (6-20, 1-5 OAC) fell behind by two sets and dropping the opening frames by counts of 25-17 and 25-19, but battled back with a third-set win, 25-18. The Pioneers and Crusaders took the fourth game to extra points but Marietta eeked out the win, 27-25.
Bender, who had been slowed by injury recently, got back into form with a season-high 15 kills and just one error. Her final kill percentage rested at a healthy .583 for the match, leading both sides.
The junior was not the only Crusader with double-digit kill counts. Sophomore Graysan Braun (Springfield, Ohio) continued her run of good play with 10 kills in 27 attempts, good for a .259 kill percentage.
Three different Crusaders also finished with 10 or more digs, led by Kirsten Nickles' 19 digs. Sophomore Jessica Winstel (Milford, Ohio) had 16 to compliment. Bender also led Capital with three of the team's 10 block assists.
Marietta (9-14, 2-4 OAC) was paced Devin Walter (11 kills) and Mallory Vodopich (10 kills). Their nine service aces and .205 team hit percentage aided in their victory.
Capital will prepare for its next match this Saturday afternoon against John Carroll University in University Heights, Ohio.