Volleyball Downed in a Pair of Matches

Sophomore Mona Ratliff. (Jeff Mills photo).
Sophomore Mona Ratliff. (Jeff Mills photo).


CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Capital University volleyball team suffered a pair of losses against Grove City College and Case Western on Saturday in day two of the Maria French Invitational hosted by Baldwin Wallace University and Case Western Reserve University.

In the Crusaders' first match against Grove City, Capital took an early one set advantage, following a 25-17 victory in the initial frame.

After dropping the second set 25-18, the Crusaders rallied for a two point victory of 26-24 in set two.

With a 2-1 set lead, the Crusaders jumped out to a 7-3 lead before surrendering six unanswered points.

Capital then regained the lead at 14-13, only to fall behind again and only regain the lead twice through the remainder of the set, as the Wolverines evened the match at two sets apiece.

The Crusaders battled back and forth in the fifth and final set, tying the game at 11 points apiece, before eventually falling 15-11.

Leading the way for the Crusaders in their first match was sophomore Mona Ratliff (South Charleston, Ohio), who posted a match-high 23 kills, while registering just three errors.

Classmate Hanna Ewart (Wichita, Kan.) followed with 10 kills of her own, while fellow sophomores Kristin Bender (Fremont, Ohio) and Courtney McCracken (Newark, Ohio) each tallied eight kills apiece.

Sophomore Kirsten Nickles (Loudonville, Ohio) and senior LeAnna Cotton (Okeechobee, Fla.) recorded seven and six kills, respectively.

Capital's second match of the day against Case Western proved to be a tough loss, as the Crusaders battled back in all # sets only to drop their second match of the afternoon.

Set one went to the Spartans, as they fell behind 9-4 early on to the Crusaders, before rebounding to take a 26-24 set victory.

In set two, the Crusaders fell behind 12-7 and then rallied back to come to within four points at 18-14, but to no avail, as Case Western took a 2-0 match advantage. The Crusaders then fell in the third and final set by a final score of 25-20.

For the match, Ewart led the Crusaders with 10 kills and no errors, while McCracken followed with eight kills of her own. A total of five Capital players recorded at least four kills for the match.

With the pair of defeats, Capital (2-7 overall) is now set to return home for a non-conference matchup against Ohio Christian on Sept. 9 at the Capital Center. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. start time.