COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University women's volleyball team nabbed its third win of the season after defeating Franciscan University, 3-1, at The Capital Center Performance Arena, Wednesday night. The Purple and White defeated the Barons by counts of 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-19 to improve their overall record to 3-3, this season.
Once again, Capital's hit percentages steadily improved over the course of the match and saw an array of contributors on the offensive end. Courtney McCracken (Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic) led the Crusaders with 14 kills, and hit .244 on the night. She recorded her third straight double-double after adding 14 digs to her line.
Junior Kristen Mellott (Clear Spring, Md.) hit a team best .615 on the night, converting nine of her 13 attempts and committing just one error.
After both teams were locked up 19-19, Franciscan (0-6) went on a 6-2 run to end the game, fueled by three attack errors and a block at the net by the Barons. Capital (3-3) broke out in the second set, but Franciscan closed the gap, 12-12. It was then the Crusaders went on a five-point run while McCracken was at the service line. Unforced errors by Franciscan helped that breakaway as Capital built its lead to as many as seven points heading into the home stretch of the set. The Barons broke set point three times, but McCracken ended any threat with an authoritative kill to tie the match at one apiece.
Capital began to roll once the third set started, building a six-point lead early, again using Franciscan errors toward their cause. Freshman Emily Stephens (Willard, Ohio) made a splash by entering the match midway through and the flow of the Capital offense began to change positively with her distributing the ball around. Capital hit .205 in the third set and then .243 in the fourth. With Stephens doing the setting, Cap went from hitting in the negative to hitting positively each of the last remaining sets.
McCracken again ended a set with one final termination in the third, and then gave that honor to Graysan Braun (Springfield, Ohio) in the fourth. Braun recorded two of her seven kills to close out the match.
Stephens recorded 30 assists in the three sets she played, and also added three digs and one block assist. That assist mark eclipsed her previous best (23) in her most recent action.
Junior Becca Kapavik (Johnstown, Ohio) had a solid match, recording eight kills, two service aces, and a team-high five block assists.
Capital will head to Nazareth College, alma mater of Head Coach Leah Farrell, for the Golden Flyer Invitational this weekend. The team will play Oswego State on Friday night at 8 p.m. before playing a doubleheader against host Nazareth and Medaille College at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.