Volleyball Falls Twice on Final Day of Fall Classic

Pictured: Alexa Jeffers (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)
Pictured: Alexa Jeffers (photo credit: Joe Maiorana, Impact Action Sports Photography)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Seeking a turnaround from Friday night's loss, Capital University Volleyball got right back to work on Saturday in day two of the Capital-Otterbein Fall Classic. Saturday's action was held at The Capital Center, but unfortunately yielded a pair of losses for the Purple and White.

MATCH 1 - Ohio Wesleyan 3, Capital 0 (25-16, 25-19, 25-10)

Ohio Wesleyan University served as Capital's first opponent of the day and put on a hitting display to fuel its straight-set win. Twice the Battling Bishops hit above 30 percent and just under that mark in the third. Capital hit on the other end of that spectrum, twice landing in the negative.

Paige Hale and Jordan Brandt led both sides and shared the team lead with eight kills each, while teammate Katie Konopka distributed well with 16 assists.

Freshman Delanie Nahikian (Allegan, Mich./Allegan) again led the team with seven kills but equaled that number in errors. Sophomore hitter Leighann Osborne finished with six kills and eight digs.

Freshman Jenay Kocsis (Marysville, Ohio/Fairbanks) earned significant time on the court and tossed out 10 assists from the setter position, plus four digs.

 

MATCH 2 - Adrian 3, Capital 1 (25-16, 19-25, 25-20, 25-19)

Kocsis continued to improve and with her on the floor the Crusaders' energy steadily increased. While Adrian's strong hitting propelled them to a win in the first set, 25-16, Capital turned it around in the second set with a six-point victory to get the Purple and White on the board.

The offense found a bit of a rhythm in that second frame and kept pace with the Bulldogs to the end. A small opening began to break for Cap with kills from freshmen Olivia Hale and Rylie Young plus a block that Young teamed up on with Nahikian to create a four-point gap. The Crusaders rode that to victory and tied the match up, 1-1.

The Bulldogs were quick to bite back with a quick outburst early in the third. With a nine-point lead in hand by the midway point of the third, the Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead into the fourth and final set. Despite the loss, Capital had its best set, hitting-wise, of the weekend when they tallied a .258 hitting percentage in the third.

Cap was unable to replicate that effort in the fourth though kept the match close all the way through the back end of the set. The Crusaders found themselves down just two points, but a 6-2 run fueled by four Capital errors ended the match in four.

Freshman Olivia Hale (Enon, Ohio/Greenon) turned into the offensive workhorse with 41 attack attempts and ended the match with a team and career-high 12 kills. That number fed into her first career double-double after adding 13 digs to her line.

Hale was one of two Crusaders with double-digit kill figures. Joining her was Osborne with 10.

Sophomore Isabel Jimenez (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Davidson) turned in a non-traditional double-double with 11 assists and 19 digs as she worked all areas of the floor. Kocsis led the team with a career-high 23 assists and also chipped in two block assists.

 

Capital will play one more match at home before hitting the road for the next month. That match will be against Earlham College (Ind.) on Tuesday, September 4. First service will be at 7 p.m. at The Capital Center.