By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Volleyball refused to back down when Wilmington College rolled into The Capital Center on Tuesday night. The Crusaders stood tall and hit well as part of their 3-0 (25-14, 25-13, 25-21) win over the Fightin' Quakers, serving as the team's first Ohio Athletic Conference win of the season.
There were no walls stopping the Crusaders' offense, proof in the team's .320 hit percentage over the course of the match. Senior Graysan Braun (Springfield, Ohio/Northwestern) kept swinging and led Cap with 11 kills on 22 attempts. She committed just one error, leading to a .455 hit percentage.
Freshman Bryanna Masters (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) also had a strong offensive night, posting nine kills on 22 attempts (.273). She also chipped in eight digs and a team-high three block assists, two of which were combined with teammate Jessica Gavlack.
As strong as the Crusaders' attack was, another saving grace was their serving game. Cap had 14 service aces in three sets of play, four of which came from freshman Leighann Osborne (Canal Winchester, Ohio/Pickerington Central). In addition, Osborne strengthened her line with eight kills (.300), six digs and one block assist.
While Wilmington made the third set interesting, they were fooled again after Cap battled back and with help from a late 6-2 run, completed the victory with a 25-21 score in the third set.
In addition to its first conference win of the season, Cap scored a big win with a successful kickoff to Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The team debuted its pink uniforms and held the first of what will be multiple raffles to raise funds and awareness to the cause. A familiar face was in the crowd in former head coach and recent Capital Hall of Fame inductee, Pam Briggs, for whom an endowment was created in her name last spring. All funds generated by Capital in October will go towards that endowment that will support a future Capital student. Capital will continue this effort over the course of the month at all of its home games.
The win pushes the Crusaders' record to 9-12 overall and 1-1 in the OAC. Their next test lies in Ohio Northern University (16-3, 1-0 OAC) this Friday night, who has made room at the top of the most recent AVCA Top-25 national poll, sharing the No. 17 spot. Capital will host the Polar Bears inside The Capital Center on Friday with a 7 p.m. first service.