COLUMBUS, Ohio –Courtney McCracken shined brightly on the final day of the Capital/Otterbein Tournament. The senior was named to the all-tournament team following two double-double performances as part of Capital Volleyball's split on Saturday at The Capital Center.
DENISON 3, CAPITAL 1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-17, 25-20)
Denison University took a quick 1-0 lead after a 25-21 win in the first set of Saturday morning's session of the tournament. They broke an 18-18 tie when Katie Aucamp led a rally that led to four straight points, three points coming on Capital errors.
Capital rebounded in the second, never trailing after taking a 6-5 lead early in the set. Their largest lead was eight points, which that accumulated when Courtney McCracken (Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic) ended a small breakaway with one of her team-high 15 kills in the match. Freshman Jaelin Rios (Champlin, Minn.) closed out the set win with an ace for the 25-20 win.
Capital closed a six-point gap in late in the third set, but was unable to overcome a second breakaway by the Big Red, led by Leah Reinfranck. Another late run led by Julia Miller aided by a couple of Capital attack errors helped them fall behind 2-1 in the match, leading to the fourth and final set.
Denison and Capital exchanged blows for the better part of the match, but Denison turned a one-point advantage into a runaway when they closed out the set on a 7-3 run fueled by two kills and one block assist by Aucamp.
McCracken registered her first double-double of the day behind 15 kills and 20 digs, both serving as team highs in the match. She added for assists and two block assists. Kristin Bender (Fremont, Ohio) also posted a solid line with 14 kills on 26 attempts and only one error (.500). She led the Purple and White with five block assists, as well. Freshman Kirsten Jutte (Fort Recovery, Ohio) added career highs in assists (36) and digs (9), despite the loss.
OHIO CHRISTIAN 1, CAPITAL 3 (25-21, 25-23, 30-32, 25-15)
Capital's match against the Trailblazers of Ohio Christian University fared much better, taking in their second win of the season behind a 3-1 count.
McCracken again led the Crusaders statistically with 17 kills and 10 digs, marking her second double-double of the day and season. It also was her third straight match with 10 or more digs.
Despite McCracken's excellent line, teammates Becca Kapavik (Johnstown, Ohio) and Kirsten Nickles (Loudonville, Ohio) each hit at a higher rate and north of 30 percent. Kapavik totaled 36 attempts, converting 16 of those and committing just three errors (.361). Nickles hit at a .389 clip with seven kills on 18 attempts, while also pitching in four service aces, five digs, and three block assists.
Freshman Emily Stephens (Willard, Ohio) saw serious time, playing in four sets and having her best game, by far. She totaled 23 assists and was one dig short of a double-double. Stephens also posted two block assists and one kill.
For her efforts, McCracken was selected as Capital's representative on the All-Tournament Team. Over the weekend, she totaled 49 kills (3.27 k/s) and had five service aces. She also accumulated 49 digs, seven block assists, and one solo block.
Capital is now 2-3 overall and will be back in action on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at home when they host Franciscan University at 7 p.m. from inside The Capital Center.