ALLIANCE, Ohio – Capital Women's Volleyball dropped its third straight contest following a 3-1 (25-15, 21-25, 25-23, 25-13) loss to the University of Mount Union on Saturday afternoon. Capital is now 5-18 overall and possess a 1-4 Ohio Athletic Conference mark.
Mount Union (14-6, 3-2 OAC) started strongly with a 25-15 win in the opening set, where they hit .257 as a team. They continued that momentum to take a six-point lead in the second set, but Capital made its own stand by coming back to take a slim lead, late. Up 21-20, Hannah Ewart and Becca Kapavik tallied back-to-back kills to build a lead large enough to hold on for the win.
Tied 1-1 in the match, the third set featured a back-and-forth affair with each team enjoying a lead early. Cap went up by four, 20-16, but Mount Union went on a seven-point rally to overtake the Crusaders and hold on for a win. The hosts then used that late swing to ride onto a match victory when it hit its way to a 25-13 win. Cap hit in the negative in the final set, while Mount had its best single-set hit percentage of the night (.261).
Senior Coutney McCracken (Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic) led Capital with nine kills and 11 digs, while also posting two block assists. Kapavik put up a team-high three block assists.
On the other side of the net, Brooke Knollman and Caitlyn Synek shared the team lead with nine kills each. Knollman hit at a .421 clip, helping Mount hit .200 as a team. Allison Baird racked up 34 digs.
Capital will play its final two home games, back-to-back, next week. They begin with a home match against Marietta College on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. They will host John Carroll for its Senior Day on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 1 p.m.