Capital Volleyball Welcomes 10 Freshmen to the Program

Capital Volleyball has announced that 10 freshmen will join the team for the upcoming 2018 campaing (photo credit: Taylor Gibbs)
Capital Volleyball has announced that 10 freshmen will join the team for the upcoming 2018 campaing (photo credit: Taylor Gibbs)

By: Sean Neidig, sports information graduate assistant

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Volleyball's ranks have grown by 10 as it has welcomed 10 freshmen to its roster ahead of the 2018 season. With a 27-game slate ahead, the Crusaders will be looking for contributions to add to their young squad.


Bianca Blanks
Outside hitter, right side hitter
Indianapolis, Ind. | Heritage Christian School

Varsity letterwinner in 2017 … Academic All-American in 2017 … named to honor roll each term 2015-18 … graduated with Academic Honors Diploma in 2018 … expected to major in criminology and journalism with a Spanish minor.

 

Olivia Hale
Outside hitter/defensive specialist
Enon, Ohio | Greenon High School

2016 Second Team All-Conference … 2016 Special Mention District 9 … 2017 First Team All-Conference, 2017 First Team District 9 … member of 2017 Clark County All-Star team … member of 2017 District 9 All-Star team … four-year honor roll student … expected to major in nursing.

 

Emily Jordan
Right side hitter
Dublin, Ohio | Dublin Scioto High School

Inducted into high school Hall of Fame wall in 2018 for the Irish Way Award given to students who represented Integrity, Respect, Intelligence, Strength, and Honesty … 2018 Lyndsey Rice Scholarship winner … 2018 honor roll member … expected to major in K-12 special education with a minor in sign language.

 

Miranda Jordan
Outside hitter/defensive specialist
Springfield, Ohio | Emmanuel Christian Academy

Conference Player of the Year (2015, 2016, 2017) … First Team All-Conference (2015, 2016, 2017) … member of the All-County Volleyball Team (2015, 2016, 2017) … 2017 All-District Division IV First Team … member of 2017 District 9 All District Division IV Senior All Star Team … 2016 Second Team All-District … Varsity Letter Winner (2014-2017) … inner of 2016 ECA Coach's Award … varsity captain (2016-2017) … recipient of 2016 OHSAA Award of Excellence … OHSAA Archie Griffin Sportsmanship Award recipient (2017, 2018) … ECA career aces, 266 (2014-2017) … ECA career kills, 877 (2014-2017) … ECA career digs, 884 (2014-2017) … OHSAA career aces, 266 (2014-2017) … Academic Excellence/ Honor Roll (2014-2017) … winner of Hannah Christine Young Scholarship … expected to major in pre-physical therapy with a minor in coaching.

 

Jenay Kocsis
Setter
Marysville, Ohio | Fairbanks High School

Varsity Letter in Volleyball (2016-2017) … 2017 Conference Player of the Year in Volleyball … 2017 First Team All-Conference in Volleyball … 2017 First Team All-District in Volleyball … Ohio Heritage Conference Champions in Volleyball (2016-2017) … Varsity Letter in Track and Field (2014-2016) … 2018 Marines' Distinguished Athlete Award … Scholar Athlete (2014-2018) … Distinction Honor Roll (2014-2018) … Silver Award winner at 2016 Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America State Competition … 2018 Union County Safety Scholarship Winner … winner of 2018 Union Rural Electric Scholarship … winner of 2018 Ohio Elks Most Valuable Student Scholarship … National Honor Society Vice President (2017-2018) … expected to major in psychology and pre-physician's assistantship.

 

MacKenzie Lange
Setter
Wapakoneta, Ohio | Wapakoneta High School

2017 Third Team All-Conference … 2017 Redskin Award … achieved 1,000 career assists in 2017 … 2018 Female Athlete of the Year … varsity captain (2016-2017) … four-year Scholar Athlete … four-year Varsity Academics … expected to major in business finance with a minor in marketing.

 

Delanie Nahikian
Outside hitter/right side hitter
Allegan, Mich. | Allegan Senior High School

Two-year team captain in volleyball and basketball … four-time all-conference player in a variety of sports … four-year honor roll student … three-year National Honors Society member … expected to major in criminology and psychology.

 

Erin O'Connell
Libero
Lyndhurst, Ohio | Gilmour Academy

2014 Division 3 State Runner-up … 2015 Division 3 State Champion … 2016 Division 3 Final Four … 2017 Division 2 District Runner-up … Academic Honors (2014-2018) … expected to major in nursing.

 

Taylor Parkhurst
Outside hitter/defensive specialist
Castalia, Ohio | Margaretta High School

Named volleyball team MVP in 2018 … led team in kills in 2018 … 2018 second team all-conference and second team all-district … regional qualifier in track & field in 2015, 2017 and 2018 … track & field state qualifier in 2018 … honor roll student 2015-18 … recipient of Presidential Award for Excellence in 2018 … received Citizenship Award in 2017 and 2018 … winner of 2018 Civista Bank National Honor Society Award … member of the Academic Challenge Team in 2018 … Governor's Art Show Regional Winner in 2018 … English Student of the Year (2015, 2017) … 2017 Trignometry Student of the Year … recipient of Civista Bank International Club Award (2018) … Spanish Student of the Year (2016, 2017, 2018) … expected to major in Spanish and education.

 

Rylie Young
Middle hitter
Hamersville, Ohio | Western Brown High School

Named team's most improved player in 2016 and 2017 … second team all-league volleyball player in 2017 … first team all-league track & field in 2016 and 2017 … all-league honorable mention basketball player in 2018 … volleyball scholar athlete 2014-2017 … basketball scholar athlete 2015-2018 … track & field scholar athlete 2015-2017 … recipient of Outstanding Academic Excellence Award for District 16 in 2017 … expected to major in nursing.