Volleyball Posts Comeback Win to Fuel Split, Braun Named All-Tournament

Pictured: Graysan Braun (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Graysan Braun (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

BEREA, Ohio – Capital University Volleyball had a quick turnaround with two games on Saturday to close out its stay at the HCAC/OAC Crossover Tournament. The day started with a come-from-behind victory over Bluffton University but concluded with a loss to Defiance College in four sets. Capital's Graysan Braun was named to the all-tournament team after a strong weekend of play.

 

MATCH 1 – Capital defeats Bluffton, 3-2 (17-25, 13-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-11)

Hanover nearly made it a quick three-set match after winning the first two frames, but Capital kicked it into gear prior to the start of the third, spurring a turnaround to build upon. The Beavers strong hitting percentages flat lined, dipping into the negative to aid in Capital's comeback.

With help from 12 Hanover errors, including two that ended the third set and four in the last five points, Capital won the third and then rolled out a strong offensive show in the fourth. After hitting .270 in the fourth set, the Crusaders continued to cash in on Bluffton's mistakes. The Beavers committed seven errors in the fifth and final set while Capital went 6-for-20 with just two errors. Graysan Braun (Springfield, Ohio/Northwestern) and Leighann Osborne each had key kills down the stretch, but three errors by Bluffton's Bethany Martini over the last four points awarded helped Capital clinch the match.

Even with the myriad of errors from Bluffton, Braun slowly accumulated 15 kills over the course of the match and hit .256. She also had a day at the net, recording five block assists and one solo block.

Freshman Jessica Gavlack (Sheffield Village, Ohio/Lutheran West) joined Braun as a defensive stalwart, leading the team with six block assists.

Senior Kasey Parkhurst (Castalia, Ohio/Margarita) recorded yet another double-double, her seventh of the season, behind 11 kills and 10 digs.

 

MATCH 2 – Defiance defeats Capital, 3-1 (28-26, 23-25, 25-15, 25-18)

Capital was unable to sustain its offense in the second match of the day, hitting the .200 mark just once in its four sets against Defiance College. That served as the only set Capital won in its contest against the Yellow Jackets.

Four Capital players tallied 10 or more digs in the loss, including freshman Alexis Kruse's team-leading 17.

Braun once again led the team with eight kills, though Nicole Insana put forth a strong performance. She ended the match with six kills on 17 attempts (.235) and added four block assists on the defensive end.

Though Capital held the edge in blocks (12-9), Jessi Davis paced Defiance's offense with 15 kills (.400) plus a match-high eight block assists. She was joined in double digits for kills by Emma Seitz (13).

 

Over the course of the weekend, Braun finished with 48 kills and hit north of .225 three different times. She also accumulated 11 block assists and two solo blocks to help her bid to be named to the all-tournament team.

The OAC's Ohio Northern University and host Baldwin Wallace University finished atop the tournament standings with unblemished 4-0 records.

Capital finished the weekend 1-3, and now has an overall record of 8-9. They will open OAC play this Friday, Sept. 29 at Otterbein University. First service is set for 7 p.m.