Crusaders Split Final Day of Weekend Tourney

Pictured: Erin O'Connell (credit: Joe Maiorana)
Pictured: Erin O'Connell (credit: Joe Maiorana)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University volleyball team had a busy Saturday with two matches as part of its own invitational tournament. Capital lost to Denison University to kick off the morning, 3-0, but then came back and defeated Franciscan in four sets to end its day.


  • Capital trailed Denison by three points at two different points in the first set and closed the gap both times. However, tied 17-17 the Big Red scored eight unanswered points to close out the set, 25-17, and take a 1-0 lead,
  • A 9-3 run in the middle of the second frame guided Denison to take over the momentum and the second set. The guests went on to claim the set, 26-24.
  • Capital was unable to muster much in the way of a comeback, succumbing to a 25-14 third-set loss to give the match to Denison.
  • Denison hits .205 to Capital's .091 and had a vast advantage in the way of service aces, 12-3.
  • The Big Red also had an 8.0-4.0 lead in total blocks in the match.
  • Delanie Nahikian, Kirsten Jutte and Leighann Osborne all finished the match with seven kills.


  • After two hours of rest, the Crusaders got back out onto the court and earned a tough 3-1 win over the Franciscan University Barons.
  • It was a block party for both sides. A total of 15 blocks were tallied between the two teams, eight going to Cap and seven to Franciscan. Jessica Gavlak led the Purple and White with four block assists.
  • Carlie Wilson had a season-best 13 kills and hit .286 to lead the Crusaders and also tallied the match's lone solo block to pair with two block assists.
  • Cap rolled in the first set, 25-17, but Franciscan returned the favor in the second, 25-13. Both teams then engaged in a marathon set needing extra points to determine a winner. Capital finally overcame the Barons in a 29-27 third set that landed a 2-1 advantage for Cap.
  • Cap rolled out to a seven-point lead early in the fourth and was able to maintain that distance throughout the fourth. Franciscan was able to close the gap to two points, but Kirsten Jutte and Miranda Jordan closed it out with back-to-back kills to close out the match.


  • In a close call, sophomore defensive specialist Erin O'Connell was named to the Capital Invitational All-Tournament Team after final tallies were taken.
  • Over the weekend, O'Connell was 76-of-80 (.950) on serve receive and tallied 53 digs (5.3 d/s), had five assists, and two service aces.
  • This is the third time this season O'Connell has been named to an all-tournament team after a weekend of play.


Capital, now 7-10 overall, will ready itself for its next test on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The Crusaders will head southwest to the University of Cincinnati - Clermont for a 7 p.m. match.