Crusaders Sweep Ohio Christian

Junior Katie Weilbacher. (Jeff Mills photo).
Junior Katie Weilbacher. (Jeff Mills photo).


COLUMBUS - The Capital University volleyball team defeated Ohio Christian 3-0 at the Capital Center on Tuesday evening.

Capital (3-7 overall) picked up its third victory of the season after three straight set victories of 25-15, 28-26, and 25-18.

In set one, the Crusaders jumped out to a 15-10 lead, increasing their lead to as many as 10 in the final point of the initial set.

Ohio Christian then responded in the second set as they rallied from an early 8-5 deficit, battling back and forth with Capital to tie the match at nine points apiece. 

The Trailblazers continued their scoring run, gaining their first lead of the set at 10-9, as they eventually inflated the Crusaders' deficit to 12-9.

However, the Crusaders then put together a 7-3 scoring run, regaining the lead at 16-15. Capital surrendered the lead only once more over the remainder of the set, taking set two following four returned set points.

Capital's third and final set featured a solid performance to complete the evening's sweep of the Trailblazers, as the Crusaders turned a 7-4 lead into a 25-18 set victory.

Leading the way for the Crusaders was junior Katie Weilbacher (Grove City, Ohio), who tallied a match-high four service aces, while also posting 22 assists and 11 digs.

Sophomore Courtney McCracken (Newark, Ohio), who lead the team in kills (11), to go along with nine digs.

Fellow sophomore Mona Ratliff (South Charleston, Ohio) followed with nine kills and a pair of service aces, while classmate Hanna Ewart (Wichita, Kan.) also added eight kills and four digs on the night.

Senior Kelly Leonard (Cincinnati, Ohio) led the team with 23 digs, while freshman Caitlin McDivitt (Cortland, Ohio) followed with 14 digs and 17 assists.

Freshman Jessica Winstel (Milford, Ohio) chipped in 12 digs in the victory.

With the win, Capital is now set to travel to the Maryville Tournament hosted by Maryville (Tenn.) College on Sept. 12-13. The Crusaders are scheduled to take on Lynchburg (Va.) and Earlham (Ind.) on Friday, followed by matches against Oglethorpe (Ga.) and Centre on Saturday.