ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Following a long road trip eastward, Capital University Volleyball landed in The Empire State to begin a weekend stay for tournament play. On day one of the Golden Flyer Invitational, Capital dropped a three-set contest (25-20, 25-20, 25-14) against Oswego State (N.Y.) inside Kidera Gymnasium at Nazareth College.
In the first set, Capital held a two-point advantage over the Lakers, 16-14. Oswego's Isabella Winklestine posted back-to-back kills to return the advantage to the Lakers. Capital called a timeout in an attempt to stop the rally, but Oswego continued to go on a combined 6-1 run. A trio of Capital attack error aided in the rally which propelled the Lakers to a 25-20 victory.
After Oswego began the second set with a comfortable five-point advantage, Capital closed the gap with a 6-0 run with the aid of a pair of Jessica Winstel service aces, plus one kill and one block assist by Casey Parkhurst. Coming out of a timeout, Oswego returned fire and built its second five-point lead, one they did not relinquish. Oswego took the third set by building a wide lead early and rode it out to victory.
Seniors Kristen Bender (Fremont, Ohio) and Kirsten Nickles (Loudonville, Ohio) led the Crusaders with eight kills each. Bender also led the team in block assists (3). Kirsten Jutte (Fort Recovery, Ohio) reeled in 14 assists and eight digs, both team highs on the night.
On the other side, Ariel Murawski paced the Lakers, offensively, with nine kills and a .350 hit percentage.
Oswego outhit Capital, as a team, 26.8 to 6.2 percent. They also held the advantage of blocks with five to the Crusaders' three.
Capital (3-4) will play two matches on Saturday, Sept. 10 to close out their stay. They will first play host Nazareth College at 11 a.m. before taking on Medaille College (N.Y.) at 3 p.m.
Live stats for both matches will be available at: https://portal.stretchinternet.com/nazareth/