Cap Volleyball Downed Twice in Triangular

Photo credit: Joe Maiorana
Photo credit: Joe Maiorana

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Capital University volleyball team lost 3-1 to Manchester University (Ind.) and 3-0 to host Franklin College in a triangular match scheduled on Friday night. Cap will now prepare to open OAC play next week now carrying an overall record of 8-12.




  • While all four sets were incredibly competitive, two of which required extra points, late runs helped confirm a winner in the 22-25, 25-22, 26-24, -28-26 decision that favored Manchester University.
  • Capital built a five-point lead in the first but Manchester challenged after defying set point five times following four Capital attack errors. Cap finished off the set for the win via a Spartan service error, 25-22.
  • Cap held a six-point lead midway through the second set but Manchester to tie the game and take the lead following a 9-2 run which included three kills, a service ace, and two MU blocks. Cap tied it up, 22-22, but then the Spartans ripped off three straight points to claim the set (25-22) and tie the match, 1-1.
  • The next two sets took extra points. Cap again had an early lead but once Manchester came back to tie it up at 12, neither team led by more than two at any point of the third set. MU took the last two points when tied 24-24, ending on a service ace by Kara Heckmuller.
  • For a third straight match, Cap held an early lead and maintained it through the fourth. Manchester worked through two Cap timeouts to tie the fourth set at 22. MU faced match point twice, both broken by Cap. The Crusaders then took a 26-25 advantage but was unable to close the deal following a block error, kill and attack error. Manchester won the fourth set, 28-26, and claimed the match.


  • Junior hitter Leighann Osborne (Canal Winchester, Ohio/Pickerington Central) led the Crusader offense with 13 kills and hit .278 (13-3-36) on the night. She also added seven digs.
  • Sophomores Miranda Jordan (Springfield, Ohio/Emmanuel Christian Academy) and Erin O'Connell shared the team lead with 21 digs, each. Jordan also led the team with five of the team's eight service aces.
  • Sophomores Emily Cooper (Hamersville, Ohio/Western Brown) and Jenay Kocsis (Marysville, Ohio/Fairbanks) shared setting duties. Cooper tallied 22 assists while Kocsis collected 20.
  • Cap (.150) outhit Manchester (.142) but the Spartans ruled the net with 10 blocks while Cap tallied five.


  • Franklin hit at high rates, finishing the match with a team kill percentage of .333 to Cap's .098.
  • In two of the three sets, FC hit .370 or better while Cap's best hit percentage came in the first set (.154).
  • Delanie Nahikian (Allegan, Mich./Allegan) had her best offensive outing behind 11 kills and a .222 hit percentage (11-5-27).
  • Jenay Kocsis recorded a double-double behind 18 assists and 11 digs, her first of the season.
  • Franklin's Kyra Harvey led both sides with 13 kills and zero errors (.448).
  • The final score of the match favored Franklin 25-20, 25-18, 25-14.



Capital (8-12) will have a week-long break before its next action. They will open the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) season next Saturday, October 5 at home against Baldwin Wallace University (15-1). The Yellow Jackets and Crusaders will kick off play at 1 p.m. inside The Capital Center.