By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
RICHMOND, Ind. – Day one of the 2017 Quaker Classic was a major success for Capital University Volleyball, winning both of its contests on Saturday afternoon. Kasey Parkhurst tied her career high for kills in a single match and posted a total of 33 on the day. The entire lineup contributed on both ends of the floor, leading to a pair of 3-1 victories over host Earlham College and the University of Pikeville.
MATCH 1 – Capital defeats Earlham, 3-1 (25-27, 25-15, 25-22, 25-19)
Thought Cap fell to host Earlham in the first set, the challenge the team provided the Quakers set the tone for the rest of the match. Capital chipped away at Earlham's 8-0 run to start the set, and then erased a late five-point deficit with help from three kills by freshman Leighann Osbourne. What was a 21-16 lead for Earlham turned into a 24-24 tie, though the hosts would outlast Cap to take an early lead.
Capital came back and won each of the next three sets, starting with a demonstrative 25-15 win in the second set. In that set, Cap hit a match-best .303 as a team and used a six-point run to break away with senior Kasey Parkhurst (Castalia, Ohio/Margaretta) on the service line. Three different Crusaders threw down a kill and Parkhurst added an ace to spur the run and lead to the victory.
So was the theme for the rest of the match. The offense distributed opportunities up and down the lineup, housing four different players with seven or more kills in the match, and five different Crusaders tallying at least one service ace. Capital finished with 10 aces, led by Parkhurst's four.
Capital not only hit well (.254) but also played better than Earlham at the net. Capital outblocked Earlham 7-2, highlighting yet another freshman's contributions. Tara Zinser (Bucyrus, Ohio/Wynford) played just one set, but led the team with four block assists and one solo block. She was part of a defense that held Earlham to a .094 hit percentage.
Parkhurst led the team with 12 kills and with her 14 digs tallied her fourth double-double of the season. Freshman setter Morgan Tripp (Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter Community) joined her in the double-double club with 19 assists and 10 digs.
Osbourne finished with eight kills, six digs and three block assists. Senior Graysan Braun had one of her best outings with nine kills on 18 attempts and just one error (.444).
MATCH 2 – Capital defeats Pikeville, 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 25-21, 25-19)
While Pikeville had the better day on the block, Capital's offense still managed to pull off a 3-1 win over the Bears. Kasey Parkhurst came back to tie her career high of 21 kills in the single match to pace the Crusaders' win.
Parkhurst hit at a 37 percent success rate for the match, tallying 21 kills on 46 attempts while committing just four errors. She also posted three more service aces and five digs.
Sophomore Jaelin Rios (Champlin, Minn./Totino-Grace) did her job on the defensive end by accumulating 22 digs and chipped in five assists, as well.
Freshman Bryanna Masters (Ashland, Ohio/Ashland) tallied nine kills and as many digs to add to Cap's win.
Pikeville held the advantage on the net, tallying 9.5 blocks with Amari Eadie accounting for six block assists. Noelani Simpson paces the Bears' offense with 18 kills.
Capital (4-2) has one match to conclude its stay at the Quaker Classic. They will play Indiana University East at 11 a.m.