Crusaders Come Out Strong in 3-0 Win Over Utica

Pictured: Delanie Nahikian (credit: Joe Maiorana)
Pictured: Delanie Nahikian (credit: Joe Maiorana)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Capital University volleyball team recorded win number three on the season with its straight-set victory over Utica College (0-5) on the opening night of the Rochester Invitational on Friday night. Cap took the match by scores of 25-16, 25-19, and 25-14. 

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HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Cap roared out to a 4-0 lead in the first set and led by at least three points throughout the first set before its breakaway midway through the frame.
  • The Crusaders started strong again in the second, running out to a 6-1 lead behind a pair of service aces by Erin O'Connell. That lead ballooned to 10 shortly thereafter and Cap ran off to a 25-19 win to take a 2-0 edge.
  • Cap's strong hitting continued and shut the door on the Pioneers in dominating fashion, 25-14.
  • Four different Crusaders tallied at least seven kills with Emily Cooper and Jenay Kocsis sharing a near-even split distributing the ball.
  • Capital defeated an opponent in straight sets for the first time since its 3-0 victory over Wilmington College on October 3, 2017.

ON THE ATTACK

  • Cap outhit the Pioneers in all three frames in one of its best offensive performance of the season.
  • In the first set, Cap committed just two errors and hit at a .500 clip behind 14 kills to Utica's 10 and .179.
  • Capital created vastly more opportunities on its side of the net, tallying 39 attacks to Utica's 24 in the second set.
  • The Purple and White hit strongly again in the final stanza (12-4-27, .296) to account for a team kill percentage of .256 for the match. Conversely, Utica hit .090 as a team.

KEY CONTRIBUTORS

  • Sophomore Delanie Nahikian led the Crusaders with 10 kills and also chipped in three digs and two block assists. She hit .400 (10-2-20) on her own.
  • Sophomore Miranda Jordan (Springfield, Ohio / Emmanuel Christian Academy) hit with efficiency as well, ending with seven kills and just one error (.375).
  • Senior Kirsten Jutte (Fort Recovery, Ohio/Fort Recovery) locked down the right side with eight kills.
  • Freshman Braden Mast (London, Ohio / Madison Plains) had the best match of her young career behind seven kills and just two errors (.312), plus five digs.
  • Junior Jessica Gavlak (Sheffield Village, Ohio / Lutheran West) made a big impact at the service line after tallying five aces to lead the Crusaders. It also accounted for half of the team's aces.
  • Sophomore Emily Cooper (Hamersville, Ohio / Western Brown) and Jenay Kocsis (Marysville, Ohio / Fairbanks) tallied 15 and 17 assists, respectively.

 

NEXT UP

Cap will continue its stay at the Rochester Invitational with two matches on Saturday, Sept. 7. They will open with Medaille College (N.Y.) at 11 a.m. and then conclude with co-host Rochester Institute of Technology at 1 p.m.