Crusaders Down Oberlin in Three Sets

(Jeff Mills photo).
(Jeff Mills photo).


COLUMBUS - The Capital University volleyball team defeated Oberlin College in three straight sets this evening in the Crusaders final home nonconference match of the regular season at the Capital Center.

Capital (8-12 overall) jumped out to an 11-3 lead in set one, before maintaining an eight point lead at 18-10.

The Crusaders then surrendered six straight points to the Yeowomen, before eventually tying the set at 19 points apiece, prompting a Capital timeout. However, the Crusaders never did surrender the lead, regaining their advantage at 20-19 and 24-23, before taking set one by a final score of 25-23.

In set two, Capital again manufactured a quick lead over Oberlin, putting together an early 10-6 advantage on the Yeowomen.

Oberlin then gained its first lead of the match as the Yeowomen tallied six unanswered points to take a 12-10 lead over the Crusaders. Capital then responded with a four point run of its own, regaining the lead at 14-12.

From that point forward, the Crusaders never surrendered the lead to the Yeowomen, allowing their opposition to tie the game at 16 points apiece before capturing set two, 25-22.

With a two set lead intact, Capital fell behind 6-2 early on in the third frame, before again trailing at 9-5. The Crusaders then rallied, scoring seven straight points, taking their first lead of the set over the Yeowomen at 12-9.

However, Oberlin did not back down, eventually regaining its lead at 13-12, but to no avail, as Capital managed to put together a 13-7 run over the final points of the set to win, 25-20.

Leading the way for the Crusaders was sophomore Courtney McCracken (Newark, Ohio), who lead the match with 11 kills on 33 total attacks. McCracken also posted a match-high eight service aces to go along with 15 digs and a pair of block assists.

Senior LeAnna Cotton (Okeechobee, Fla.) followed with six kills of her own to accompany four digs and two block assists.

Junior Katie Weilbacher (Grove City, Ohio) tallied a match-high 22 assists, while also compiling 12 digs and a pair of block assists. Senior Kelly Leonard (Cincinnati, Ohio) chipped in a team-high 18 digs on the night.

A total of five Capital players checked in with at least three kills to go along with a match-high 10 service aces.

With the win, the Crusaders are now set to begin Ohio Athletic Conference play, as they host cross-town rival Otterbein in their next match on Sept. 30. The match is slated for a 7 p.m. start at the Capital Center.