By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Capital University Volleyball came up short against the Heidelberg University Student Princes in a three-set loss at The Capital Center Performance Arena on Tuesday night. Twice Capital pushed The Berg to the brink, but the guests staved off the Crusaders for the 3-0 (25-23, 26-24, 25-14) decision.
Capital (9-19, 1-7 OAC) overcame a five-point deficit with help from four unforced errors by the Student Princes late down the stretch. The gap closed to just one point, but facing set point, The Berg's Rachel Stroski sent home the kill that ended the frame with a 25-23 score.
Capital ran out to a 4-1 adantage in the second set with kills coming from freshman Bryanna Masters, Kirsten Jutte and Kasey Parkhurst, but the Student Princes quickly returned fire and tied the game. Tied 7-7, Heidelberg then went on 7-1 run to claim a big lead. Capital roared backed with Kasey Parkhurst at the line. The Berg began to unravel with three more unforced errors and an ace to once again tie the game, 19-19. Capital then turned a 22-20 disadvantage into a 24-22 lead with the aid of three Berg errors. Facing set point, Heidelberg's Taylor Valentine and Morgan Stenk blocked Graysan Braun's attack and then benefitted from a pair of attack errors by Capital to overtake the Crusaders, 26-24.
Heidelberg completed the win after rattling off an 11-0 run when tied at 14 all.
Three Berg players finished with 10 or more kills, led by Stenk's 15. Valentine finished with a double-double behind 11 kills and 16 digs.
The Crusaders have now been eliminated from OAC Tournament contention and will finish their season with a home game against Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m. from inside The Capital Center.