HANOVER, Ind. – Capital Volleyball ventured out to Hanover College (Ind.) to take part in the HCAC/OAC Crossover tournament. Friday marked the opening night of the tournament, but resulted in a pair of losses for the Purple and White. Capital lost to host Hanover in straight sets before taking Mount St. Joseph University the distance before being outlasted by the Lions.
CAPITAL 0, HANOVER 3 (25-13, 25-18, 25-16)
Hanover had three players that hit .333 or better on the day (min. 9 attempts), led by Emily Ertel. Ertel had a team- and match-high eight kills and hit with a 46.7 percent success rate.
On the flip side, a high number of errors on all sides of the ball prevented Capital from getting the win in their opening action. Capital committed 21 attack error, six service errors, six reception errors, and nine ball handling errors.
Senior Courtney McCracken (Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic) led the team with seven kills, but a career day, statistically, was yet to come.
CAPITAL 2, MOUNT ST. JOSEPH 3 (25-19, 25-27, 25-22, 19-25, 15-7)
Capital came back later in the evening to take on the Lions of Mount St. Joseph and went five sets before one last run at the end of the fifth led to their second defeat of the night. Down by one point, 8-7, MSJ's Jessica Wilgenbusch slammed down her 15th kill of the match before a Capital error prompted a timeout with hope to the break the momentum. The tactic was unsuccessful, and the Lions continued on a 7-0 run to end the set, and the match.
Cap battled valiantly with Mount St. Joseph (8-4), including their second-set victory that required extra points to determine a winner. Once up five points, the Lions regained a late lead, 24-22. Capital broke serve three times to tie the game at 25, then went on to score the last two points to earn the set win and prevent MSJ from going up two sets. The set ended with a big block from Becca Kapavik and Kasey Parkhurst.
While the match ended in a loss for Capital, McCracken accumulated some career numbers in the team's second match. The senior tallied a career-high 24 kills and committed just three errors, leading to an attack percentage of .553, also a career high. Her previous best kill count was 19, a mark she hit against Marietta College in 2014. McCracken also posted 17 digs, good for her seventh double-double of the year and third in her last four games.
Freshman Kirsten Jutte (Fort Recovery, Ohio) also set a new career best in assists. Against MSJ, she tallied 44 helpers, two more than her previous high set earlier in the season.
Of the 12 block assists and three solo blocks Capital accumulated, Kapavik was responsible for five block assists and two solo blocks.
Capital (4-11) will be back at it on Saturday morning, beginning with a 10 a.m. matchup against Bluffton University followed by their finale against Transylvania University (Ky.) at 2 p.m.