Volleyball Downed by No. 11 Ohio Northern

Pictured: Paree Furness (photo credit: Joe Maiorana)
Pictured: Paree Furness (photo credit: Joe Maiorana)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Capital University volleyball team hosted the nationally-ranked Ohio Northern University at The Capital Center Performance Arena on Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bears took a 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-12) victory away to stay unbeaten in the Ohio Athletic Conference standings, while Capital fell to 9-19, 0-7 in the OAC

Final statistics

THE FINAL NUMBERS

  • Ohio Northern (22-4, 7-0 OAC) came into the match ranked No. 11 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
  • The Polar Bears hit .347 as a team for the match and twice hit better than 40 percent in a set. Capital hit just .034 as a team.
  • The Crusaders struggled to get through the Ohio Northern front line after the Polar Bears put down 11 total blocks.
  • Capital combined for five service errors, three block errors, and four reception errors to add to its misfortunes.

KEY PLAYERS

  • Senior hitter Kirsten Jutte (Fort Recovery, Ohio / Fort Recovery) led all players with 14 kills on 34 attempts (.147), and added two block assists.
  • Maddie Ellis led ONU with eight kills to just one error (.583) while teammate McKenna Jordan tallied seven kills and zero errors (.389).
  • Defensively, ONU libero McKenna Hostetler totaled 14 digs, while teammate Madison Kern posted five block assists and one solo block at the net.
  • Sophomore Erin O'Connell shared the match lead with 14 digs, while junior Jessica Gavlak led the team with three block assists.

COMING SOON, SENIOR DAY!

Capital (9-19, 0-7 OAC) has two matches remaining this season and need to win both in order to keep its postseason hopes alive. Its next test will be against Wilmington College (3-22, 0-7 OAC) at home on Tuesday, October 29. Prior to the 7 p.m. start time, Capital will recognize and thank its two seniors, Kirsten Jutte and Carlie Wilson as part of its Senior Day festivities. Come early so we can thank them together and stay for another OAC showdown at The Capital Center Performance Arena.