Cap Falls to Earlham in Three

Photo credit: Dan Oetting (Earlham Athletics)
Photo credit: Dan Oetting (Earlham Athletics)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Capital University volleyball team went across the border to Indiana for a match against Earlham College on Tuesday night. The Quakers defeated the Crusaders in straight sets (25-17, 25-22, 25-19) to drop Cap to 2-3 on the year.

BREAKING AWAY

The Crusaders kept it close in the first until an 8-0 rally by the Quakers separated the two teams and put the hosts in control. That rally led to a 25-17 opening-set victory and early edge in the match.

Cap and Earlham battled all the way to the end of the second set. With the score 23-22 in favor of the Quakers, Caroline Mulvihill threw down a kill and a bad set on the Crusaders' side put the home team up 2-0.

Earlham took control of the third early and never looked back, outscoring CU 13-3 to prompt Capital's second timeout of the set. While Cap gained back some ground, the Quakers had more than enough cushion to win the third set, 25-19.

KEY STATS

  • The Quakers hit .292 as a team compared to Capital's .135, a difference of +.157.
  • Capital was unable to keep pace with EC on the net after the Quakers held a 5.0 to 2.0 advantage in blocks.

DIFFERENCE MAKERS

  • Earlham had two players finish in double figures, offensively. Sarah Dickman both sides with 12 kills and Abbey Zanatta was close behind with 11.
  • Sophomore Delanie Nahikian led Cap with eight kills (8-3-29).
  • Miranda Jordan next in line with seven kills and led Cap with eight digs.

NEXT UP

Capital will now prepare for a road trip to New York where the Crusaders will play in the UR Invitational, hosted by the University of Rochester. They will play Utica College on Friday, Sept. 6 at 6 p.m. then follow with two matches on Saturday beginning at 11 a.m.