By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – For the second time this season, Kasey Parkhurst set a new career high for kills in a match, this time cranking out more than 20 against Ohio University-Chillicothe on Wednesday night. Capital University Volleyball did well on the offensive end and owned the nets in its 3-1 (25-22, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20) win in The Capital Center Performance Arena.
Senior Kasey Parkhurst (Castalia, Ohio/Margaretta) had a day on the offensive end, leading both sides and setting a new career high with 21 kills against the Hilltoppers. She had 62 attack attempts and 12 errors, leading to a .145 attack percentage on the events. She added 12 digs for her third double-double of the year. She also added a team-leading three service aces, accounting for half of the team's total.
In Capital's victory, they displayed strong play on the net with seven total blocks. Parkhurst and sophomore Carlie Wilson (Richwood, Ohio/North Union) shared the team lead with three block assists each. Freshman Leighann Osborne (Canal Winchester, Ohio/Canal Winchester) added one block assist and one solo block on the defensive end, while supplying seven kills on the offensive side.
Capital's defense held the Hilltoppers to a .110 hit percentage on Wednesday night. Sophomore Jaelin Rios (Champlin, Minn./Totino-Grace) was all over the court and one of four Crusaders with 10 or more digs on the night. She was joined by Parkhurst (12), Bryanna Masters (14) and Morgan Tripp (13).
Tripp and Masters also had productive offensive performances. Masters came on later in the match to finish with nine kills, one short of achieving her second double-double. Tripp did achieve that feat, adding 27 assists to her line.
Junior Alexa Jeffers (Reynoldsburg, Ohio/Reynoldsurg-Summitt) fell one dig short of a double-double. She finished with 14 assists and nine digs, tallying nearly all of her numbers over the final two sets.
Capital improves its overall record to 2-3 heading into this weekend's Quaker Classic, hosted by Earlham College. Cap will open play at the tournament against Earlham on Friday afternoon at 3 p.m. They will also play Wright State University-Lake later that evening.