Crusaders Take Saturday Split to Leave Rochester with Pair of Wins

Pictured: Jessica Gavlak (L), Delanie Nahikian (center), Erin O'Connell (right). Credit: Joe Maiorana.
Pictured: Jessica Gavlak (L), Delanie Nahikian (center), Erin O'Connell (right). Credit: Joe Maiorana.

By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Capital University volleyball team earned its second win of the weekend following its victory over Medaille College (N.Y.) on Saturday morning. The Purple and White left the Rochester Volleyball Invitational with a 4-4 overall record after falling in the second match on Saturday's docket against the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT).

Capital 3, Medaille 1 (stats)

Capital 0, RIT 3 (stats)

Rochester Tournament stats (pdf)


  • Capital came into the game highly energized after winning its first match of the weekend on Friday night over Utica College (N.Y.), 3-0. They came back and began morning action with a 3-1 (25-12, 25-11, 20-25, 25-20) victory over the Mavericks to kick off its Saturday doubleheader.
  • Capital continued its strong offensive presence after hitting .250 or better in each of the sets that it won. They hit .423 (13-2-26) in the first set, .250 (5-1-16) in the second and .300 (19-7-40) in the fourth.
  • As a team, Cap hit .207 compared to Medaille's .112 on the attack. They held advantages over the Mavericks in kills (46-34), assists (45-29), service aces (12-4), digs (55-46), and blocks (6.0-5.0).


  • Sophomore Delanie Nahikian (Allegan, Mich./Allegan) and senior Kirsten Jutte (Fort Recovery, Ohio/Fort Recovery) had near identical stat lines to power the CU offense. Nahikian finished with 10 kills and hit .474 with one error, and added three digs. Jutte also had 10 kills and hit .471 with two errors, two digs, and one block assist.
  • Freshman defensive specialist Paree Furness (Springfield, Ohio/Shawnee) led both sides with 16 digs, the most of her young career, and was one of four Crusaders with at least two service aces.
  • Also joining the double-digit tandem was sophomore hitter Miranda Jordan (Springfield, Ohio/Emmanuel Christian Academy) who tallied 12 digs to accompany her two solo blocks.
  • Medaille's Lindsay Howell led the Mavericks with 12 kills, while teammate Olivia Anderson had a team-high 11 digs.


  • In Capital second game of the day, the Crusaders dropped a tough 3-0 decision to the tournament's co-host, RIT (5-2). The Tigers defeated Capital by counts of 25-18, 25-13, and 25-14.
  • In all three sets, the Tigers jumped out to early leads to set the tone and carry them on to victory.
  • RIT held advantages in kills (43-20), assists (41-17), aces (8-4), digs (32-25), blocks (5.0-1.0), and outhit the Crusaders .364 to .000.
  • RIT's Katie Hobler led both sides with 16 kills and was fed by Briana Ellis, who finished with 37 assists.
  • Capital was paced by Nahikian again, but the sophomore tallied just six kills and committed eight errors in doing so.


Over the course of the weekend …

  • Capital hit .166 as a team compared to the opposition's .184.
  • Cap tallied 26 service aces to its opponent's 15 and held a significantly higher serve percentage, .953 to their opponents' .896.
  • On the receiving end of serves, Cap turned in a .912 reception percentage. Their opponents received at a .871 clip.
  • Delanie Nahikian led the Crusaders with 26 kills and added six digs plus two block assists.
  • Kirsten Jutte ranked close behind with 23 digs.
  • Sophomore Jenay Kocsis led the Crusaders with 46 assists and also had the second-most most service aces (5). Emily Cooper ended the weekend with 38 helpers.
  • On the defensive end, Caleigh Hamby had two solo and two block assists to lead the front line.
  • Miranda Jordan led Cap with 25 digs in three matches.


  • Sophomore Miranda Jordan and Delanie Nahikian were named to the Rochester Volleyball Invitational All-Tournament Team following their performances in three matches over the last two days.


Cap (4-4) will not prepare for a Tuesday night contest against Ohio Christian University (1-4) in Circleville, Ohio on Sept. 10. First service is set for 7 p.m. at The Maxwell Center.