By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
GAMBIER, Ohio – Capital University Volleyball faced tough competition when stepping into the Kenyon Athletic Center on Saturday. The Purple and White lost both of its matches as part of a tri-match between Mount Vernon Nazarene University and Kenyon College, though freshman Leighann Osborne had a standout day on the offensive end.
MATCH 1 – Mount Vernon Nazarene defeats Capital, 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-9, 25-14)
To open the day Capital took on the Cougars of Mount Vernon Nazarene University (NAIA), a strong team that last year spent time in the national top-25 polls. Capital hit well in the first set, prompting an early lead but was unable to sustain that success as MVNU came back to win each of the next three sets for the win.
In the first set, Capital hit .375 as a team and this jumped out to an early lead, 25-22. Freshman Leighann Osborne (Canal Winchester, Ohio/Pickerington Central) scored three of her team-leading 11 kills in the frame, while fellow freshman Morgan Tripp (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter Community) tallied both of her two kills, including that which ended the first set.
The tides turned in each of the next three as the Cougars rolled to comfortable victories by at least seven points in each set. MVNU hit better than .220 in each of the final three sets to aid their win.
The Cougars (15-10) were paced by Kelsey Bryte and Kristen Osborn, who tallied 13 and 11 kills, respectively.
Capital's Osborne hit at a .250 clip for the match and added five digs, as well. Tripp chipped in 16 assists. Senior Kasey Parkhurst (Castalia, Ohio/Margarita) also added nine kills and seven digs.
MATCH 2 – Kenyon defeats Capital, 3-0 (25-18, 25-14, 28-26)
Capital offense struggled again in its second match of the day, which was played against the hosts Kenyon College (11-6).
Osborne again served as the workhorse, leading the team with 31 attempts while converting on nine of those. Senior Graysan Braun (Springfield, Ohio/Northwestern) led the team with 10 kills on 19 attempts, good for a .421 kill percentage.
Kenyon hit at high success rates, especially in the last two stanzas. The Ladies topped out at .448 in the second set. While Capital challenged Kenyon for a win in the third, the Ladies thwarted that effort by hitting .400 to combat Capital's .286 hit percentage. With a two-point edge and serving for set point, Capital was unable to hold onto its lead. Kenyon came back with a kill and with a Capital error tied the set at 25-25. Kenyon broke set point a second time and went on to score the next three points to take the set.
Capital (8-12) will jump back into Ohio Athletic Conference play with a home match versus Wilmington College on Tuesday, Oct. 3. First service is set for 7 p.m. from The Capital Center Performance Arena.