Volleyball Falls Twice in Final Day of HCAC/OAC Crossover

Photo credit: Joe Maiorana
Photo credit: Joe Maiorana

HANOVER, Ind. – Capital Volleyball played twice more to close up the final day of the HCAC/OAC Crossover tournament, held at Hanover College (Ind.). The Purple and White were unable to pull down a win, falling in straight sets to Bluffton University and again in four to Transylvania University (Ky.).

CAPITAL 0, BLUFFTON 3 (25-22, 25-18, 25-16)

While net play seemed to favor Capital in its early matchup, the offense was unable to match in its straight-set loss to Bluffton, Saturday morning. While senior Courtney McCracken (Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic) led the team with nine kills, she hit just .150. Junior Becca Kapavik (Johnstown, Ohio/Newark Catholic) sported a .412 hit percentage, totaling eight kills on 17 attempts and just one error.

Senior Kristen Bender (Fremont, Ohio) recorded three of the team's 10 block assists, leading Capital on the front line. Freshman Kirsten Jutte (Fort Recovery, Ohio) put up 22 assists in the los.

The Beavers put down seven service aces and hit .188 as a team. Mackenzie McFarlin paced her team with nine kills, while Lauren Weisgarber hit .538 by going 8-for-13 on the attack with just one error. She also posted two solo blocks.

 

CAPITAL 1, TRANSYLVANIA 3 (22-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-18)

Capital used a small breakaway in the middle of the first set to guide them to an early edge, but that advantage was lost after the team dropped the next three sets to the Pioneers. In the first set, Capital hit .345 as a team and overall, their numbers were better in their second match.

McCracken came back with her eighth double-double of the season behind 17 kills and 16 digs against the Pioneers. Jutte posted 36 assists and six digs, while her fellow freshman Jalen Rios (Champlin, Minn.) led the team with 16 digs.

Bender led the front line defense with five of the team's 14 block assists. Capital accumulated eight total blocks with the lone solo effort coming from Hanna Ewart.

Transylvania overcame 12 service errors and three block errors by hitting .170 over the match. Adeline Tonn led Transy with 10 kills and a .280 success rate, while three of her teammates recorded seven or more kills.

McCracken was named to the All-Tournament Team, the third time she has represented Capital in that role this season. She posted a career-high 24 kills in the nightcap on Saturday afternoon, and had two double-doubles over the weekend. She totaled 57 kills, 41 digs, and seven block assists this weekend.

 

Capital will open its Ohio Athletic Conference slate against Otterbein University on Friday, Sept. 30. Cap will host the Cardinals inside The Capital Center at 7 p.m.