Volleyball’s Season Comes to a Close Following Loss to Otterbein

Pictured: Delanie Nahikian (credit: JCU Athletics)
Pictured: Delanie Nahikian (credit: JCU Athletics)

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

WESTERVILLE, Ohio – The Capital University volleyball team put up a good fight at The Rike Center in a weekend filled with rivalry matchups, but the Crusaders landed on the wrong end of a 3-0 decision. The Cardinals defended its home floor by defeating the Crusaders 25-17, 25-19, and 29-27 to close out the regular season.

Final statistics

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Cardinals broke open with comfortable wins in the first and second sets but had to work hard to close out the third. Otterbein led by as many as seven points, but that deficit was erased when Isabel Jimenez led a 7-0 run at the service line.
  • Jimenez collected two service aces as part of the run, and a block by Delanie Nahikian and Caleigh Hamby fed into a rally that tied the game, 22-22.
  • Cap repelled match point when trailing 25-24 with one of Kirsten Jutte's 11 kills on the evening.
  • Otterbein returned the favor not once but twice in the final point of the set, one such sequence consisted of traded service errors.
  • Otterbein closed the door on the match when Dasha Bruyako sent home the final kill to clinch the match, 29-27.

KEY CONTRIBUTORS

  • In her final collegiate match, senior Kirsten Jutte (Fort Recovery, Ohio/Fort Recovery) tallied 11 kills to just one error, good for a career-best .455 attack percentage. She also chipped in five digs, one assist and one service ace.
  • Delanie Nahikian (Allegan, Mich./Allegan) also hit at a high percentage (.286), racking up seven kills on 21 tries with just one error.
  • Erin O'Connell again led the Crusaders with 11 digs, while Isabel Jimenez compiled 21 assists, a team-high four service aces, and four digs.
  • Emily Shuk led Otterbein with 14 kills, joining Tate Eppard (12) for players in double digits in that category.

COMING TO A CLOSE

Capital's season comes to a close with its loss to Otterbein, but not without showing growth from the previous season. The Crusaders displayed a 10-win improvement overall while finishing the OAC slate 1-8.