By: Ryan Gasser, sports information director
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The Capital University volleyball team lost twice on Saturday as it rounded out its stay in Buffalo, N.Y. at the Buffalo State Bengal Challenge. Capital lost to the University of Rochester (N.Y.), 3-0, and Allegheny College (Pa.) by a count of 3-1.
MATCH 1 - ROCHESTER 3, CAPITAL 0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-7)
The University of Rochester committed just four errors and hit at a .383 clip, led by Allie DeRubertis' 13 kills. They also dominated the net, defensively, with 10 blocks to the Crusaders' one. Conversely, Capital hit just .037 and committed 17 errors, feeding into the three-set loss.
MATCH 2 - ALLEGHENY 3, CAPITAL 1 (25-12, 16-25, 25-15, 25-19)
Though Capital gave the undefeated Gators a fit in the second frame, Allegheny delivered the Crusaders a 3-1 loss in their final match of the Bengal Challenge.
Once again, Capital's opponent hit significantly better and held the advantage at the net on the defensive end. The Gators hit .243 and had six blocks to Capital's three. Capital hit .039 but received a notable day from freshman Olivia Hale (Enon, Ohio/Greenon). Hale was one of two Crusaders with 10 or more kills in the match. She finished with 11 kills and a team-high 18 digs to pace the Crusaders.
Freshman Delanie Nahikian (Allegan, Mich./Allegan) also had 11 kills for the Crusaders, while Osborne posted seven kills and 17 digs.
Hale's performance over the weekend earned her the All-Tournament tag by the end of the tournament. In three matches, Hale finished with 17 kills, four service aces and 28 digs.
Capital will play in a tri-match with Adrian College and Albion College at Albion on Saturday, September 22 in its next action. The Crusaders and Bulldogs will kick off the day at 1 p.m. and immediate turn around and play the Brits at 3 p.m.