ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The Capital University volleyball team suffered a pair of defeats on day two of the Golden Flyer Invitational, held at Nazareth College. The senior duo of Courtney McCracken and Kirsten Nickles posted double-digit kill counts despite a pair of 3-1 losses to Nazareth and Medaille College.
CAPITAL 1, NAZARETH 3
Capital started on a strong note taking the hosts, Nazareth, to an 18-18 tie late in the first set. However, a trio of errors by Capital created a three-point advantage heading into the homestretch, which also was the margin the Flyers won by.
The Crusaders came back in the second and held a 21-19 lead late in the set, but a Capital service error set a rally in motion for Nazareth. The Flyers went on a 6-1 run to end the set and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
An early advantage was kept throughout the course of the third set, leading to Capital's lone win in the match, but the hosts were quick to return the favor and dealt Cap a 25-17 defeat to clinch the match.
Courtney McCracken (Newark, Ohio/Newark Catholic) and Kirsten Nickles (Loudonville, Ohio) each finished with a double-double despite the loss. McCracken finished with 10 kills and 12 digs, while Nickles ended with a team-high 14 kills and 12 digs. That marked McCracken's fourth straight double-double. Freshman Kirsten Jutte (Fort Recovery, Ohio) finished with 33 assists and four service aces.
CAPITAL 1, MEDAILLE 3
Three different Cap players finished with 10 or more kills in a contest in which they were beaten by Medaille in four sets (25-23, 23-25, 25-22, 25-17).
McCracken led the team offensively with 15 kills and posted another double-double effort, accompanying that with 11 digs on the defensive side. She also finished with three block assists and one solo block.
Junior Becca Kapavik (Johnstown, Ohio) joined Nickles in double-digit kills, each finishing with 10.
Jutte set a new career high with 42 assists in the loss, and also included nine digs and three service aces.
In all three sets that Capital dropped, the Crusaders found themselves trailing and fighting from behind but unable to overcome the deficit. The loss left Cap winless in three matches over the weekend and drops their overall record to 3-7 on the season.
Kirsten Nickles was selected to represent Capital on the All-Tournament Team after her performance over the three-match stretch. Twice, Nickles posted 10 or more kills and hit .235 or better. She ended the weekend with 32 kills, 24 digs, and posted a double-double against host Nazareth.
Cap will take the week to prepare for its upcoming tournament at The College of Wooster. The Purple and White will compete in the Ginny Hunt Kilt Classic, and open against the University of Pitt at Bradford at 5:30 p.m. They will also play host Wooster that night at 7:30 p.m.