By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
WOOSTER, Ohio – Capital University Volleyball finished their weekend stay at the Ginny Hunt Kilt Classic with a 3-1 record after Saturday's sweep of Frostburg State University and Franciscan University. Leighann Osborne, Kasey Parkhurst and Morgan Tripp highlighted Saturday's action to help lead them to an overall record that currently stands at 7-6.
MATCH 1 – Capital defeats Frostburg State, 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-15)
The duo of Graysan Braun (Springfield, Ohio/Northwestern) and Leighann Osborne (Canal Winchester, Ohio/Pickerington Central) once again led Capital on the offensive end, tallying 10 and 12 kills, respectively. Osborne led the attack with 32 attempts and hit .281 against the Bobcats.
Capital methodically increased their lead with a strong attack by hitting .244 in the first set. Kasey Parkhurst made four of her nine digs in that time as well while Cap broke away with a large enough lead to sustain it for a three-point win.
Both teams jostled for the lead in the second set, and Frostburg State was two points away from claiming the second set until the Crusaders mounted a massive rally to score the last five points and steal the win. Morgan Tripp (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter Community) toed up the service line and led the Purple and White to victory with a service ace and then was aided by a big finish by freshman Bryanna Masters (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland). Masters put down the go-ahead point via a kill and then came back with a huge solo block to stuff Ashante Corey-Bey and clinch the second set for Cap.
Capital then rolled on to a 25-15 victory in the third set to win the match and get the day started off on the right foot.
Tripp finished with 15 assists and four of the team's nine services aces, while also chipping in nine digs.
MATCH 2 – Capital defeats Franciscan, 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-15)
Capital continues to have Franciscan's number by beating them for a fourth straight time dating back to 2015. Capital spread the ball around its offense, allowing three players to tally five or more kills. Kasey Parkhurst and Camryn Hoehne (Maplewood, Ohio/Jackson Center) led the team with eight, each.
Five off Hoehne's eight kills came in the first set, which also signaled her first start of the year. She went 5-for-11 with just one error in the frame to help fuel Capital to the first of its 10-plus point victories over the Barons. Franciscan committed 11 attack errors and hit into two blocks in its first set. Tara Zinser was in on each of those stops.
From that point on, no Capital player recorded more than three kills in a set, but that was only because six different players earned a point via a kill over the course of the next two sets. Capital's defense did not relent, forcing Franciscan into a total of 23 errors and a negative hit percentage at the end of the match.
After Saturday's action subsided, Parkhurst ended up with the most kills on the team (16) though Osborne (12) and Braun (10) were close behind. Cap hit .205 on Saturday and finished with 17 service aces, seven coming from Tripp.
The weekend served as a wild success as the Purple and White finished with a 3-1 overall record, tying host College of Wooster (3-0) for the most victories. Osborne (38) and Parkhurst (37) were neck-and-neck for total number of kills, though Osborne hit at a higher success rate (.310) and had more kills per set (3.80).
Parkhurst was named to the Ginny Hunt Kilt Classic All-Tournament Team after finished with 37 kills, 3.08 kills per set, a .278 hit percentage, 34 digs, and five total blocks.
Tripps finished with 80 assists, good for 6.15 per set over the weekend. She ended the team's stay with 10 service aces with zero errors. She also added 33 digs, serving as one of four players to have more than 30 over the last four matches.
Cap had one of its best offensive performances of the season, closing out the weekend with a .229 hit percentage as a team. They also propelled themselves to their seventh win of the year, which is more wins in a single season than each of the last two.
Capital will regroup this weekend and prepare for the OAC/HCAC Challenge, hosted by Baldwin Wallace University. They will open the tournament on Friday, Sept. 22 with Hanover College (Ind.) at 4 p.m. and then play Mount. St. Joseph University later that evening.