By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
TIFFIN, Ohio – Despite improved offensive numbers, Capital University Volleyball was unable to break through for the victory in a road match against conference foe Heidelberg University on Tuesday night. The Student Princes defeated the Crusaders, 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-19), at Seiberling Gymnasium.
Capital posted one of its higher offensive outputs in the first set when the team hit .214 behind nine kills to just three errors. Freshman Delanie Nahikian (Allegan, Mich./Allegan) accounted for five of those kills in the opening frame. Capital found itself down by nine points early but a collection of Heidelberg errors plus the offensive numbers by CU helped bring them within five towards the tail end of the match. However, the Student Princes did not let their lead slip away and went point-for-point with Cap until they hit 25.
Heidelberg (15-5, 1-0 OAC) jumped out to another early lead in the second and behind a team hit percentage of .409 ran out to a 2-0 match lead. The Crusaders stayed within striking distance in the third set, taking a six-point deficit and cutting it in half by the midway point. Olivia Hale's fourth kills of the night made it a two-point game but a small three-point run helped create just enough space for the Student Princes to ride to victory and clinch the match.
Nahikian led the Crusaders with a team-high 11 kills on 31 attacks, good for a 25.8 percent hit success rate. Two Crusaders hit above 40 percent in limited offensive action. Carlie Wilson (.571) and Jessica Gavlak (.429) each had four kills on seven attempts. Gavlak also finished with four block assists and two solo blocks. The sophomore has now posted four block assists in three of her last four matches and has a total of 9.5 blocks during that time.
Capital (0-17, 0-2 OAC) will ready itself for its first home match in over a month when the team hosts John Carroll University on Saturday, October 6. First service is set for 1 p.m. at The Capital Center Performance Arena.