By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
BEREA, Ohio – Capital University Volleyball dropped a three-set decision to Baldwin Wallace University on Friday night in its Ohio Athletic Conference opener in Berea, Ohio. The Yellow Jackets jumped out to an early hot start and did not look back after defeating the Crusaders 25-12, 25-21, 25-22 at Ursprung Gymnasium.
In all three sets, the Yellow Jackets hit .280 or better to help guide them to their 18th victory of the season. While the Crusaders offensive numbers improved from set to set, they were unable to slow down BW following its fast start.
Down 1-0 after BW took the first set by a wide margin, freshman Olivia Hale (Enon, Ohio/Enon) tallied five of her team-high nine kills, while fellow freshman Delanie Nahikian (Allegan, Mich./Allegan) had four of her eight kills in the second set. Their numbers helped Cap boost their offensive numbers nearly 20 percent. Despite this, Baldwin Wallace hit above 30 percent for the second straight set to lead them to a 25-21 win and 2-0 advantage.
Capital hit its best in the third, topping out at .225 but again was outdone by the host. Yellow Jackets. Jessica Gavlak (Sheffield Village, Ohio/Lutheran West) notched all five of her kills in that frame in addition to three block assists. Baldwin Wallace's defense kept them alive with 22 digs in the third, giving their offense extra opportunities to put away Cap, 25-22.
Capital (0-14) continues its busy weekend on Saturday with a doubleheader at SUNY Fredonia. They will play host Fredonia at 11 a.m. and then return to the court against Ithaca College, head coach Amanda Hubbard's alma mater, at 1:30 p.m. that afternoon.